The “Tree That Owns Itself” is a white oak tree, also called Jackson Oak, and is located in Athens, Georgia, United States. The original tree fell in 1942, but the new tree has grown from the old one’s acorns in the EXACT location.
The earliest-known rendition of the tree’s tale comes from a front page article titled “Deeded to Itself” in Athens Weekly Banner (August 12, 1890). The article explains the tree is located on the property of Colonel William Henry Jackson-the son of decorated military official James Jackson. Jackson spent his younger and more vulnerable days playing near the tree; he had many cherished childhood memories of it.
Therefore, it is only natural that he should want to preserve the tree and the land around it. So, in his deed, he granted the tree ownership of itself and its surrounding land.