Wakefield Woods is at the southeast corner of E-29 and Dayton Road in the northwest corner of Sec 19. Wakefield Woods is an approximately 10 acre plot of ground donated to the County by the Wakefield family in 1988. It was created at the same time as the reconstruction of the curve and intersection of Dayton Road and E-29.
This 1917 Hanson photo shows this uniquely shaped tree. Although not in Milford Twp., it was a landmark for the people of northwest Milford Twp.
This picture, from the First World War era, depicts the famous "H" tree in its prime. This landmark (in the very south central part of Sec 30- Howard Twp) is actually a mile north of the Milford Twp - Howard Twp border but it is so well known to the people of Milford Twp (particularly northwest Milford Twp) that it is included in our research of Milford Twp.
Local legends talk of this tree receiving help in attaining its shape from Indian lads tying two good branches of two different elms together. One is a red (slippery) elm and the other a white (American) elm. The resulting profile of two individual trees becoming one and producing yet a third was too much of a symbol to be missed and thus was created the legend of this beautiful area as an Indian wedding tree. Estimates are that the trees began their lives in the mid 1700s, long before the appearance of European man in the early 1850s in this area.
Some have stated that this is a “tree that moved an interstate” as I-35 now ventures to the east a half mile. That probably was not the case because the tree stood on the proposed flood plain and would have