Vermont delays tree removal on land seized for interstate

November 20, 2019 GMT

ASCUTNEY, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is postponing plans to cut down an old maple tree that once shaded a farm that was seized to make for the construction of Interstate 91.

The state and people in the Ascutney neighborhood are looking for a way to commemorate the legacy of Romaine Tenney, who refused to sell his farm to the state as the interstate was being built in the 1960s.

Some have called for preserving the tree.

After his farm was seized, Tenney barricaded himself inside his farmhouse and burned it, and his barns, taking his own life.

The Valley News reports officials agreed Monday night to seek a second opinion on the tree.


The state also says it will work with the town on a historical marker for Tenney.