RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- Storms ripped through the Rhinebeck area Wednesday night destroying a historical tree at the Schuyler House.
Residents found the 220-year-old tree split in half lying across the yard. It was the largest and oldest black walnut tree in the state.
Civil War General Phillip Schuyler's son planted the tree on the property back in 1795.
Residents say the tree survived many other storms in the past, including Hurricane Irene, but could not make it through Wednesday's storm.
Residents say the tree was a landmark in the area and will be missed.