The legend is about a professor with the University of Georgia, called Colonel William H. Jackson. He owned the land on which the tree stands today. He was sent to war, but when he returned around 1890, he was so happy to see the tree again, he wanted to give it rights. There is no actual proof of the deed, so the story about the Tree that Owns Itself remains a legend.
Sadly, the original tree fell in 1942 because it became too brittle, but a new tree was grown from one of its acorns in 1946, on the same plot of land in an effort to preserve Colonel Jackson’s wishes. The current tree, known as the Son of The Tree That Owns Itself, is now a local landmark.
The plot is marked by a stone, which says: