This tree had seen its fair share of misery long before lightning or disease disfigured it. It is unknown how old it was when Felt mansion was completed in 1928. It is known that within months of the mansion’s completion Mrs. Felt died in her bedroom not 50 feet away from the tree. It is known that her husband died only 18 months after her.
Less than 25 years after their deaths the Felt family sold the mansion to an orphanage. After that, the State of MI used it as part of its prison system. At some point it was abandoned to the ravages of time. Did the tree draw the residual darkness from the humans to itself and become a willing sacrificial scapegoat?
These days, the mansion has been restored. Happy events like weddings and graduation parties take place. Disc golf groups roam the green of the grounds. A solar array near it creates energy for the community. The tree and the small shrine at the bottom of the hill serve as reminders to what was.
Moving beyond, to
glory days that never were –
maimed wood’s redemption.
Bjorn is today’s host for dVerse’ Open Link Night.
Learn more about The Felt Mansion here.