TOWSON, Md. — Wednesday was a bittersweet day for a historic cemetery in Towson, where a centuries-old tree had to be torn down.

An ambitious mission took place Wednesday at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Towson as cranes rolled through to take down the old copper beech tree.

The cemetery was founded in 1892 and the tree is even older. It’s 130 to 150 years old, and sadly, it’s dying.

“Late in the summer of 2019, we noticed that the tree, it just didn’t look as robust as previously. So, we consulted with various arborists,” said Carolyn Parker Knott, president of the cemetery board.

Knott said it was a sad occasion as the tree is a part of what makes Prospect Hill Cemetery so historic and special.

The cemetery is the final resting place of founding families of Towson and veterans of every war, like the Hillen family, who fought in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

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