Updated 09/04/2011 02:04 PM
Group works to preserve Charlotte historic property
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CHARLOTTE — Board members of Charlotte's historic Rosedale property hope to preserve the property by protecting the trees that surround it.
The Rosedale Plantation is in northeast Charlotte and contains some of the largest and most unique trees in the county, dating back to 1815. The board is raising money to equip several trees with lightning rods. Many of the trees on the property have been there for about 200 years.
Every year at least two trees get hit with lightning which can kill them. The board wants to make sure the trees are protected for others to enjoy.
"As they get bigger they're more susceptible to the wind storms we have, occasional hurricanes, lightning. So the older the tree gets, the greater the chance something is going to happen to it. So these are truly survivors," said board member Dr. Larry Mellichamp.
Anyone who would like to donate to the cause, visit their website.