The James Madison Tree is a Red Oak that was taken from the former President’s estate in Virginia and replanted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Madison Avenue. It can be found on the park’s Sol LeWitt Lawn, along the pathway between the 24th Street and 25th Street entrances.
James Madison Jr., the tree’s namesake, was the fourth president of the United States and is often hailed as the Father of the Constitution. President Madison’s other accomplishments include authoring the United States Bill of Rights, collaborating on the Federalist Papers, and supervising the Louisiana Purchase.
Red Oaks have been known to live for up to 500 years. At just under 90 years old, the James Madison Tree is still relatively young, which means it will be providing shade and beauty for generations of New Yorkers to come.