Did You Know?
In 1934 a 26-foot Christmas tree, a gift from New York State to President Franklin Roosevelt, was set up in the White House. New York foresters picked the finest balsam that could be found in the state's game refuge (now Cherry Plain State Park) at Cherry Plain. The tree was taken to Berlin, wrapped and loaded into an express car for the trip to Washington.
A 25-foot balsam Christmas tree was also sent to the White House in 1944 . The tree reportedly weighed close to 200 pounds and was too large for an express car, so it went via the Rutland Railroad to Troy's Union Station where it was transferred to a Delaware and Hudson train headed for Washington, D. C.
This was the 14th tree cut by Leo King, caretaker of the Cherry Plain State Game Refuge in the Town of Berlin, for Mr. Roosevelt who first received the Conservation Department's present when he was New York's Governor. A twin tree was to be sent to Governor Dewey.