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The Scythe Tree .::. Our Finger Lakes History 2/4/18

Learn about the fascinating history of one of the oldest trees in the Finger Lakes, the Scythe Tree in Waterloo.

In 1861, according to the plaque at the foot of the tree, “James Wyman Johnson came from the fields one morning, hung his scythe in the crotch of a small cottonwood tree, and said, ‘Leave the scythe in the tree until I return’.” Then Johnson went off to fight for the Union in the Civil War.


The is the second in an ongoing series of historic places in the Finger Lakes by Seneca County Historian Walter Gable.