RELIGION

600-year-old tree that witnessed history taken down

  • Crews guide the trunk of a 600 year old oak tree as it is moved by a crane during its removal, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Bernards, N.J. Crews completed taking down a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation after work was halted because of bad weather. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Crews guide the trunk of a 600 year old oak tree as it is moved by a crane during its removal, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Bernards, N.J. Crews completed taking down a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation after work was halted because of bad weather. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

  • People watch as the trunk of a 600 year old oak tree is moved by a crane, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Bernards, N.J. Crews completed taking down a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation after work was halted because of bad weather. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    People watch as the trunk of a 600 year old oak tree is moved by a crane, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Bernards, N.J. Crews completed taking down a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation after work was halted because of bad weather. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

  • A large branch is removed from an old oak tree in Basking Ridge, N.J., Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Crews have returned to a New Jersey church where they are taking down a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation. The process had started on Monday but was suspended Tuesday due to heavy rain and gusty winds. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    A large branch is removed from an old oak tree in Basking Ridge, N.J., Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Crews have returned to a New Jersey church where they are taking down a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation. The process had started on Monday but was suspended Tuesday due to heavy rain and gusty winds. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

Memories are all that remain of a 600-year-old white oak tree that was believed to be among the oldest of its kind in the nation.

Workers on Wednesday finished removing the tree from the grounds of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bernards. About 50 people clapped and cheered and the church's bells rang as the tree's large stump was pulled out.

The tree was declared dead after it began showing rot and weakness during the last couple of years.

The removal process started Monday, but no work was performed Tuesday due to heavy rain and winds.

Officials say Gen. George Washington held a picnic near the tree with Marquis de Lafayette.

Another white oak cultivated from the old tree's acorns was recently planted at the church.