Local legend has it that over 280 years ago, the Catawba and the Cherokee were locked in a brutal and savage conflict in the smoky hills around what is now Lenoir, North Carolina. So many warriors were killed on both sides that the leaders came together to talk peace, not as victor over vanquished, but as equals. Distrust and enmity were conquered and peace was made—at least temporarily. The symbol of that peace would be two trees and their ability to grow together.
The legend of the Twin Poplars suggests that the leaders of this ancient and violent war came together and tied two poplars as a symbol of peace. If the poplars were to grow together, then their peace would survive.
To the naked eye, it does appear that the bases of each tree, separated as they are, have their own individual root systems. Their trunks being so far apart, it would seem implausible for them to have grown together without some artificial help from man. Whether that help came from the indigenous tribes of yesteryear or some farmer thereafter is but speculation.
Know Before You Go
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The best way to get to the twin poplars is to drive down Twin Poplar Lane to the end (the road is very bumpy) At the end, you will see a double wide up on a hill, park at the bottom in the clear area. And walk up the path and keep on the trail as it passes a garden and goes down into the woods (there is some no trespassing signs but that is not for the twin poplars) Walk through the opening the owner has made in the fence and continue up the trail to the trees.