The sign was crudely made, with letters carved deep and unevenly to spell out a warning in archaic but clear words:
"Whoever lays a hand on this tree to harm it shall meet his Maker with sin on his soul."
...or so the oldtimers piece it together in their memories.
The Hobson Oak was DuPage County’s oldest bur oak at approximately 250 years of age when it was removed in November 2016.
We have created a Hobson Oak beer in collaboration with Solemn Oath Brewery, Hop Butcher, and Miskatonic Brewing Co.
Custom designed artwork crafted from the Hobson Oak.
Bruce Kamp designed these one-of-a-kind items from burls taken from the Hobson Oak. Pieces showcase the uniqueness of the wood.
Some of the latest pictures from the Hobson Oak project.
The Naperville Parks Foundation
The Hobson Oak project is being operated by the Naperville Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization that is working to preserve the legacy of this special tree. The majestic Hobson Oak was carefully taken down November 17, 2016. Wood and acorns from the tree have been carefully removed and preserved, and are being created into items to be auctioned to raise money for the Naperville Parks Foundation and other local charities.