"Under the spreading chestnut tree. . . ."
This pair of chestnut trees, which could have inspired Longfellow, flanked the entrance to 400 State Street for almost two centuries. This picture shows the trees as they appeared early in the period when the building was the Hudson Orphan Asylum--1881 to 1958. The trees survived until 1995, when Donald Carlisle, then the superintendent of schools for the Hudson City School District, had them cut down, without notifying Frank Rees, who was then the director of the Hudson Area Library, of his intention.