Hilton Park holds a tiny patch of old oaks tucked away in Wilmington’s industrial area. A famous live oak that was decorated every year for Christmas used to stand nearby, but has since been cut down. From 1928 to 2009, the tree lighting was a really big deal, though harmful to the tree. Of course, the tree is gone now, destroyed by the CFPUA in 2015 – because that’s just what we do with old trees. The water utility grounds are controlled and manicured. However, the famous oak’s roots remain underground just over the fence next to a building, if you’d like to peer through the bars to pay your respects. Afterward, walk leisurely among the remaining Hilton Oaks – while they are still standing.
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Sue Cag is a musician, artist, writer, photographer, and nature preservationist.
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