“Her Majesty,” a mighty oak tree, stood atop the hill on the west side of Cahoon Valley over looking the lake and the mouth of Cahoon Creek. The trunk of the tree was enormous. Seven girl scouts once locked hands and circled the tree to see just how big it was. They all fit around the tree.
One of the huge branches spread out from the tree like a bench six feet from the ground headed south. Many a bridal party had their picture taken under this branch of the tree. Everyone walking on the walking path enjoyed her magnificence. Ten years ago, this tree was hit by lightning and lost. It was a designated “Moses Cleaveland Tree,” one of five standing in the village.
Back in the early 1970s, the Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve arrived in the village to look over our trees and designate the oldest ones they believed were standing when Moses Cleaveland arrived in 1796. The association picked five trees they thought were that old. “Her Majesty” was one of the trees picked. These trees were plaqued with a small bronze plate that said Moses Cleaveland Tree. There are no Moses Cleaveland Trees standing today.