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Boyington Oak: Mobile, Alabama

  Author:  7115  Category:(Mysterious) Created:(10/23/2000 1:01:00 AM)
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"Boyington Oak-Mobile, Alabama: The great oak tree that sprang up from the grave of a hanged man still proclaims his innocence. Charles Boyington was hanged for the murder of his best friend Nathaniel Frost on February 20, 1835. The two friends spent endless hours relaxing among the tombstones and witty epitaphs of the Church Street Graveyard. When Frost was found stabbed to death there, everyone assumed the two had had an argument and that Boyington had stabbed his companion in a fit of anger. Boyington steadfastly maintained his innocence. His last words on the gallows were that a great oak tree would grow from his grave as proof of his innocence. He was buried in a corner of potter's field near the wall in the Church Street Graveyard, about sixty yards from where Frost's body was found. Within a few months, a tiny oak sprouted from the center of his grave, and the living monument thrives to this day. The proud oak has survived many disasters that have claimed other trees in the area, and some hear the cries of an innocent man when the breeze rustles through its branches.

(The potter's graveyard was converted to a playground. The oak tree sits at the edge of a parking area near Bayou Street. To find it, go east from the corner of Government Street and Broad Street to South Bayou Street. Go south one block on Bayou Street to a gravel parking lot. The Boyington Oak is the only Live Oak in the area with wooden posts around it.)"

This story was taken from a book I own, called Haunted Places: The National Directory, by Dennis William Hauck. You can go to www.haunted-places.com for more information about the book. Hope you enjoyed this.


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Halloween is Right around the corner.. .

Date: 10/23/2000 4:33:00 AM  From Authorid: 15319    I plan to find this tree.  
Date: 10/25/2000 6:24:00 AM  From Authorid: 14397    I am in Mobile and I am going to have a look also

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