The sculpture has been provided by High Industries, Inc. for the enjoyment
of visitors to Greenfield Corporate Center. It was created by local artist,
Dean Fox, and was carved from a section of the trunk of the famous "Witness Tree"
of the Donegal Presbyterian Church, Mount Joy, PA.
The Witness Tree was a 250-year-old white oak that shaded the Donegal Church,
and was the scene of a noteworthy event in the early days of our country's birth.
During worship services in September 1777, an express rider alerted the congregation
that the British had invaded Pennsylvania, and that help was needed at
the front. Among the congregation was Colonel Alexander Lowry; along with many
members of his battalion. They were ordered to march to the aid of General
Washington in defending Philadelphia from capture by the British. Everyone left the
service, circled the trunk of the tree and clasped hands, pledging their allegiance to the
cause of independence.
When the Witness Tree died from age and disease, this large section was acquired
and carved to keep the story of this historic tree alive. The sculpture was dedicated in
September 2002, marking the 225th anniversary of the event.
This freedom they won must be guarded eternally,
The faith we inherit must be ever proclaimed;
Let us then witness with joy and thanksgiving
With hands joined together in dedication and praise.