The Colonial Trees Grove in Golden Gate Park is unique because it is home to the collection of Colonie Historic Trees which pay homage to the original 13 Colonies. The plantings date back to 1896 – thanks to the efforts of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Every tree represents a different species native to the location it symbolizes. Today, the expansive lawn of the grove provides plenty of room for game playing, running around and absorbing the energy of the park.
Original 13 Colonies
Trees at the grove represent the original 13 Colonies, which include Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.
Things to Do
Bring your camera when visiting the Colonial Trees Grove, as the ring of trees creates an intriguing setting for snapshots and nature photography. Afterwards, you may sit a spell on a bench and contemplatively read a book. Not too far from the Colonial Historic Trees, you will catch sight of the Pioneer Mother Statue (the work of Charles Grafly; 1915), which makes a curious photo opportunity. Interestingly, the Pioneer Mother represents the only female statue in Golden Gate Park. Of course, you can always enjoy a picnic lunch, or simply sprawl out across the grass and watch the clouds float by.
You will find the Colonial Historic Trees and grove located just south of John F. Kennedy Drive and north of Stow Lake.