Walking under his giant white oak tree on his Washington County farm, Paul Karpan appears calm, even meditative, with spirits high. In his 90 years, he’s spent many inspired hours with the green monster.
“This is a landmark on this farm — something you can kind of be proud of,” he said.
The mighty oak, which likely took root in the nation’s earliest decades, provided shade for his beef cows, a site for picnics and a target for a few bolts of lightning, all while serving as an environmental steward of his 51-year-old Blaine Township farm. Hug this tree and your arms barely bend.
Mr. Karpan keeps an eye on the old oak to assure it’s still standing because he knows that “every big tree has to die off.”