We are deeply saddened by the loss of a 175-year-old oak on the property.

To add insult to injury, when it came down, it landed on the Coffee Barn. It is still too early to tell whether the Coffee Barn is salvageable, but we will keep this space updated as we work with the proper authorities to assess the full extent of the damage.

This grand oak was a favored gathering spot for Shakori Hills festival-goers and for Hoppin’ John pickers and it will be missed by the generations who enjoyed it’s calm presence.

“First and foremost, we are thankful no one was hurt. Our street team was holding a weekly meeting in the main house so we were able to address the issue promptly,” said Carol Woodell, President of the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center.

“We do not expect this to interrupt our upcoming festivals and are working to remove debris and secure the barn for the safety of all our visitors,“ Woodell said.

Anyone wanting to support the cleanup effort is encouraged to donate via the PayPal button below.

Ideas for the wood, poems, or pictures of the tree and barn can be sent to info@shakorihills.org.

More details will be released as we know them.


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