Wikipedia — The Angel Oak is thought to be one of the oldest living organisms east of the Mississippi River. The oak derives its name from the Angel estate, although local folklore told stories of ghosts of former slaves would appear as angels around the tree. The tree has become a significant tourist attraction.
Development is beginning to encroach on the site of the Angel Oak. In 2012, plans to build a 500 unit apartment complex that would be as close as 160 yards to the Angel Oak were challenged in court by the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League. Environmentalists say building apartments nearby could kill the tree because it would affect available groundwater and nutrients.
Action to save the Angel Oak is found here.