Recognized as a Millennial Landmark Tree in 2000, the Mighty Salem Oak stood for 600 years within the Salem Friends Burial Ground in Salem, New Jersey.
Salem County was founded by Quaker Englishmen John Fenwick in 1675, and the Mighty Salem Oak is believed to the be tree under which Fenwick signed a treaty with the Lenni Lenape, or Delaware, people. By planting the offspring of the Mighty Salem Oak on our historic grounds, Arch Street Meeting House can continue sharing the tree's legendary tale.
The land on which the meeting house sits is within the Lenape or Delaware Homeland. As such, the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust (ASMHPT), which operates the meeting house and grounds as a historic site on behalf of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, acknowledges this fact and will, to the best of its ability, share this story with visitors to the site.