It has been 200 years, give or take, since the first Christmas tree came to the hill that overlooks what is now Macon.
One of the earliest-known yule trees in the country likely took up residence there at Fort Hawkins, compliments of Moravian missionaries.
A salute to that tree -- whatever kind it might have been -- was on display in the form of a 12-foot cedar Sunday at the east Macon historic site.
The sparsely decorated tree, adorned mostly with Bible verses, was part of a frontier-Christmas event at the fort. There were holiday cookies and warm cider and the gift that keeps giving: history.
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“That tree was really interesting with just the Scripture on it,” said visitor Dorothy Kinion of South Dakota, who had kin in Moravia, Iowa.
She and her husband, Kenton, travel the country in their RV.
“Part of the attraction for coming here was that we’ve also been to some of the other Moravian features in other places, like in Pennsylvania,” Kenton Kinion said.
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