For many years, the Pierce Willits property that currently houses the Concord Township Historical Society Museum has enjoyed an old establishment. In the side yard there stands an ancient Copper Beech tree. The arrangement of the dark leaves is such that they overlap one another, creating an impenetrable canopy and a welcome cool space in the stifling Concord Township summers. It is believed that the Copper Beech tree was planted when the original log cabin was replaced with the stone home built by the Pierce family, the original inhabitants of the Willits farm. That would make our Copper Beech tree about 200 years old! It continues to provide welcome shade and interesting conversation starters for any passersby.