This American Beech is the only remaining remnant beech of the original beech grove that witnessed the famous wedding of Alvin C. York and his childhood sweetheart, Gracie Williams, on June 7, 1919. The beech grove overlooked the York family farm in the Valley of the Three Forks of the Wolf River in Pall Mall, Tennessee. The Governor of Tennessee, A.H Roberts performed the wedding in front of a crowd of hundreds, many of them traveling two days or more to witness the famous event. The ceremony was held on a series of rock ledges that formed a spacious amphitheater and was surrounded by large beech trees.
Alvin C. York was one of America’s most celebrated military heroes for capturing 132 German soldiers in the Argonne Forest of France on October 18, 1918 during World War l. He received more than forty Allied decorations, including the Congressional Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre. When he returned home to his family farm he was a national hero and one of Tennessee’s best loved sons.
The beech tree is:
Diameter: 35 inches
Height: 87 feet
Average Crown spread: 65 feet
Nomination by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Alvin C. York Wedding