If you're a fellow Mainer, you should try to make your way to Yarmouth to view two cross sections of Herbie, the 217-year-old elm tree that was recently cut down after a long fight against Dutch Elm disease.

When Herbie was planted, our young nation wasn't even out of its teens, having sprung to life only 17 years before. The Revolutionary War had ended just a decade before.

I lived in Yarmouth for a short period and loved to drive by Herbie, whose name I didn't actually learn until I sadly read about its impending demise a few months ago.

Read more about Herbie here on MNN:

Maine man, 101, can't save beloved old elm tree, Herbie

Do rings of biggest American elm tree have age, climate date?

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