Storms knock down tree in front of historic Mooresville school

(WISH Photo/Sarah Haeberle)

MOORESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – Mother Nature knocked down a local landmark outside a historic elementary school last weekend.

A large maple tree snapped outside Newby Elementary last Sunday when a storm rolled through. It had been lying on its side for several days until a tree trimming crew came by Thursday to cut it into pieces.

“When you looked at the school, everyone would have walked by it when they went into school each morning,” said Susan Haynes, Community Relations Director for Mooresville Schools.

Haynes showed 24-Hour News 8 several pictures from yearbooks dating back into the 1930’s that included the tree.

“So when the storm came through we wanted to make sure everyone knew that we did lose the tree, but it was very surprising once we posted this photo on Facebook,” she said.

Several people commented about how they used to sit under the tree during their childhood dating back several decades.

Haynes said the school is 78 years old, but the tree is much older. She said they hope to analyze the rings in the trunk to find its true age.

People on Facebook suggested the wood from the tree be used to make a memorial such as a bench. Haynes did say it’s possible the remains will be turned into mulch for a playground. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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