WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Right on the grounds of St. Mary's school, one of Wilmington's oldest citizens is still going strong. The Boundary Oak as it's known has a very special meaning, hearkening to a quainter Wilmington of the past.
"Wilmington stopped right here," says Suzanne Smith, retired St. Mary's second grade teacher. "This was it."
Over 55 feet tall, sixteen feet around, and estimated to be 200-250 years old, the old giant got its name because it used to be the boundary of Wilmington. A 1769 map shows the settlement of Wilmington in its infancy and clearly marks the oak on the edge of town (4th Street today).
The fact that it still stands tall has much to do with the school it calls home.
While Wilmington has outgrown the boundary once set by this tree, the tree will remain an important part of Wilmington for generations to come.