Monday’s question – From what tree on campus was this bowl made, and why did this tree have a “price tag” on it?
This bowl was made from the Presser dogwood, also known as the “$10,000 dogwood”. It stood in the Presser Quad, just beside the walk by the door from Gaines. It was already a large and beautiful tree when Presser was built in the 1940s. The original plans for Presser called for the building to be much closer to Buttrick, and would have called for the cutting down of the dogwood tree. The building site was adjusted and plans were redrawn, at a cost of $10,000, in order to save the tree. Over the years it became a popular place for students to retreat, climb, listen to events in Presser, have pictures made, study, lounge, etc. The tree finally had to be cut down in 1995, when it was estimated to be about 100 years old. The bowl was made by artist Willard Baxter of the Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, at the request of Douglas Ellington as a memorial to his wife Sherry, a 1984 Agnes Scott return-to-college graduate.
This bowl can be found displayed, along with hundreds of photos of the campus and students over the years, Agnes Scott’s family Bible and spinning wheel, George Washington Scott’s Civil War cavalry sword, and other Agnes Scott family and college history artifacts, in the Betty Pope Scott Noble ’44 College Heritage Center on the second floor of McCain Library. Visit during open hours Monday: 2 pm – 3 pm, Tuesday: 12:30 pm – 3 pm, Wednesday: 8:30 am – 10 am, Thursday: 3 pm – 4:30 pm, Friday: 12 noon – 1 pm.