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Address: 124 York Street, George 6529, South Africa

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Historic site in George

This is probably the most historic site in George, which otherwise has very little to interest tourists. The tree still has a piece of chain and a small lock embedded in the trunk... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2015
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78 reviews
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

It's a tree...and not that big. The story is a fabrication so don't bother. There are bigger trees and far more interesting stories

1 Thank Gillian M
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This beautiful old tree is called the Old Slave Tree but it was actually never a slave tree. The chain around the trunk was used to keep the roller of the tennis courts safe from youngsters who always stole the roller! A beautiful garden and seating area to relax in. The George Tourism Office is in the adjacent building. Very... More 

1 Thank SonjaGeorge
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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594 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 528 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Well, this large oak tree was just one of many that was planted down York St in the early 1800's and it is one of the few, if not the only one of the original left standing. The plaque at the front of the tree makes for interesting reading and the chain and padlock, just visible in the lower section... More 

2 Thank Jilldutoit
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 400 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

When reading the urban legend that the chain was used to chain slaves to the tree while being auctioned ............then reading the contradicting facts that the chain and lock was from many years later...... It was used to chain a (clay tennis court) roller to the tree preventing mischievous kids rolling it down the street. Nevertheless, interesting seeing part of... More 

Thank Elizabeth B
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71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015

This is probably the most historic site in George, which otherwise has very little to interest tourists. The tree still has a piece of chain and a small lock embedded in the trunk to which the slaves were bound when being sold. We would recommend tourists staying in Wilderness or Knysna rather than George.

Thank Bob-Elizabeth
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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63 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

Stopped to see, an interesting legend, but not well presented or signposted. At least can say that we have been there and done that. If you are interested in South African history, worth the two minute visit...

Thank AntheaTaitz
George, Western Cape, South Africa
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2015

I was just caught up in the 'legend' and imaged the slaves of yesteryear chained to the tree. I don't want to spoil the surprise, so visit this magnificent specimen of an oak tree to find out the 'real' story of the chain in the tree. Make sure to visit the Tourist Information Center to find out about more legends... More 

Thank JoaninGeorge
South Africa
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2015

A bit overrated, but a beautiful tree non the less. This tree is presumed to have been used to hold slaves, but it may have been a bit small during the slaver era. A section of the tree had to be removed due to damage, but overall worth a quick visit.

1 Thank Shaun S
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2015

Those interested in history enjoyed the historical information of the slave trade and tree. There is not much more to see and many historical buildings are covered on a historical tour of the town.

Thank ezettem
Johannesburg, South Africa
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2014

An interesting story but not worth going out of your way. Rather head to the outeniqua transport museum or Victoria bay instead

1 Thank NMR1525

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