On May 7, 2016 at 11:30 am on the DeWint House Grounds, an American Elm Tree was given by the Town of Orangetown to represent the historic Tar Barrel Elm which once stood in the middle of Oak Tree Road and had served as a beacon during the Revolutionary War.

On this date in 1783, a flaming tar barrel was  hoisted to a high limb of the elm tree, and the black smoke signaled to the surrounding countryside that negotiations between General George Washington and Sir Guy Carleton, British Commander-in-Chief, for the evacuation of British troops had been completed successfully. It was the first and only time the tree had been used for that purpose.

The story of the talks and discussions between His Excellency General George Washington and the British Commander-in-Chief, Sir Guy Carleton are outlined in the story “Evacuation Day” attached.