The History of the Sacred Pine

Dear Reader:

The pine tree has played a major role in the history of Summerville… it is the core or heart of Summerville, the little town nestled in the pines.

But long before the pine tree became symbolic of Summerville… this beautiful evergreen was mentioned in scripture and other cultures dating as far back as the first Christmas. Some historians recognize the pine tree as the ” Nativity” tree. It symbolizes life.

Because the pine tree is an evergreen… it retains its green foliage through droughts and bitter cold winters. It represents the triumph of life over darkness.

Japan also reveres the pine tree. After the 2011 Tsunami in Japan all the forests were devastated outside one region. Yet, somehow one lone pine tree survived and to the Japanese people became a symbol of resilience and spiritual reawakening.

” The Miracle Pine”

In Summerville history… early settlers began migrating to Summerville from the Charleston coastal plantations to escape malaria and the mosquitoes spreading the disease in the summer months. Returning back home after the first frost!

Then in the late 1800’s an international medical symposium cited Summerville South Carolina as one of the top places in the world for benefiting patients suffering from severe pulmonary diseases …due to the abundance of pine trees in the area.

So many people came to Summerville for the health benefits that hotels sprang up all over Summerville and it became known as the ” Golden Age of Inns.” The most famous was the Pine Forest Inn where both Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft visited and stayed. ( Honey’s father owned it in its last days.)

( Just watch that last step!)
Teddy Roosevelt visited first as Vice-President and later returned as President of the United States
Roosevelt told Taft about the inn and he brought his family

So now you know why the pine is still sacred to Summerville… and the archway welcomes visitors to the ” Flowertown in the Pines.”

Today the archway leads visitors to Hutchinson Park in the center of town… all decorated for Christmas!

The Town Hall Christmas Tree
The Summerville Snowflake
A Magical Place at Christmas
Rearranging colors on my bottle tree to bring in Christmas

So until tomorrow…

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Our Winnie-ready for Christmas too!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to The History of the Sacred Pine

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    So glad that you got your picture after we had breakfast…all in God’s timing. The information was was so interesting…thanks for sharing. Hope all went well at Ben’s appointment and thank you for my library/book ornament…love it on my tree…

  2. Honey Burrell says:

    Great blog! Summerville looks so beautiful! I have to say I’ll miss being there this year.
    Change is never easy, but necessary, I guess. Love you lots!🥰🎄🥰

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