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The Old Slave Tree

124 York Street, George 6529, South Africa
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only one stem left

The tree is getting old and the responsible people try their best to keep the tree, but with only... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sandton, South Africa
Old Slave Tree

I believe this old tree is beautiful and has been part of George for a very long time. I think... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
George, South Africa
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11 Jul 2017
“Old Slave Tree”
3 weeks ago
“only one stem left”
124 York Street, George 6529, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tree is getting old and the responsible people try their best to keep the tree, but with only one stem left it is not an impressive site.

Thank Susanne412
Reviewed 12 July 2017

I believe this old tree is beautiful and has been part of George for a very long time. I think that a legend has been made up around slaves having been chained there but it is a good story. It's in the main street and...More

Thank ailsa696
Reviewed 25 May 2017

The tree itself is old but it was never used to lock up slaves. The chain is much later and it was used to lock the tennis court roller to the tree. It's probably a made up legend. If you are close by go and...More

2  Thank arpegiator
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
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...More

1  Thank SonjaGeorge
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...More

2  Thank Jilldutoit
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...More

Thank Elizabeth B
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...More

Thank Bob-Elizabeth
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
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...More

Thank JoaninGeorge
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