Clemmons, NC -- Tanglewood Park says high winds were to blame for the loss of a 400-year-old White Oak tree March 6.
The large tree, known as the "Wedding Tree," stood near the Tanglewood Manor House before strong winds knocked it to the ground.
Researchers say they aren't sure of the tree's exact age, but they estimate it's around 400 years old.
The "Wedding Tree" was 118 feet tall, had a crown and limb spread of 130 feet, and a trunk that measured about 6 feet wide.
Tanglewood Park had this to say in a Friday news release:
"The bad times of many wars, famine, and depression, and the good times of many celebrations, births, and yes weddings were seen over the course of her life. We are also in awe of the resilience that she had. Through hard winters, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, drought, and everything Mother Nature had to throw at her, she stood strong throughout the test of time. As we walked or drove past her daily we came to take for granted the awesome, picturesque beauty, and overall massive size that the Oak possessed.
"Many portraits, picnics, and other ceremonies took place beneath her outstretched limbs. The Tanglewood family mourns the loss of our friend. We do however celebrate the life of this grand tree and the joy and tranquility that it brought to so many people. As we look to start the cycle of life over by planting another white oak in her place, we will miss the "Wedding Tree". The memories that it brought will be cherished. We would like to say thank you to our friend for being there over the years as a wonderful symbol of the park."