SANDWICH (AP) -- A 120-foot tall European beech tree on the grounds of a Cape Cod museum will stand for its last sunrise this week.

Heritage Museums and Gardens officials say the tree they believe was more than 250 years old has died.

Heritage Museums and Gardens President and CEO Ellen Spear formerly held a similar position at Hancock Shaker Village.

Starting today and continuing Wednesday, the tree will be taken down before an operation starts to recycle its wood.

An artist will carve a 20-foot section of trunk into a garden sculpture.

Some wood will go to a nature center to be turned into a wooden train.

Among other uses, wood chips also will be spread on Heritage's walking paths and trails, and branches will be split and sold for firewood.


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