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Roanoke College's Bittle tree will take on new form

Published On: Jun 30 2013 07:02:52 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 30 2013 11:53:41 PM EDT

The Bittle Tree sat on the campus of Roanoke College for more than 150 years.


For more than 150 years, the Bittle Tree at Roanoke College stood as one of the school's icons.

It was recently remove for safety concerns, but the tree will soon begin a new life.
For years, the college tried to save the historic tree. It sustained significant damage when it was struck by lightning several years ago.

A local woodworker has been selected by the college to take the tree and turn into furniture. The tree is currently being cut into slabs. Bill St. Pierre is in charge of the project. He says it's not clear what furniture will be built for the school but it may be exciting for some to take home a little piece of history.

“I think it means a lot, a lot of people have sentimental value in their trees, especially a tree that stood for 150 years. The amount of student who have been there and gone there and seen this tree grow over the 150 years, it means a lot to someone, said St. Pierre.

St. Pierre says he should know in the coming weeks what the school will do with the new furniture.