“1776” Cypress
Taxodium distichum

Known as “Sinker Cypress,” this lumber was cut in the late 1800s from trees already 150 to 1500 years old. As logs were floated downstream to the mill, some broke free and sank. Minerals in certain rivers preserved and aged the logs instead of destroying them, where they patiently await retrieval. Extremely rare and expensive due to the difficulty involved in harvesting it, Sinker Cypress is a treasure of United States history.