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Tree at historical mansion to come down for safety reasons

Posted: 3:57 PM, Aug 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-03 19:57:20Z

A local establishment, known for weddings and other events, had to remove a piece of its history.

The Copper Beech tree that stood in front of the Turner-Dodge house in Lansing had to be taken down.

In a press release from the Lansing mayor, he says, "The Copper Beech tree in the front of the house has reached the end of its natural life cycle, and the tree must be removed, along with the seating around the tree."

Recently, large branches from the tree fell onto the seating area. So in order to keep visitors safe, the tree must be taken down.

The mayor's office assures us that all options were considered before deciding to remove the beautiful, old tree.

The Turner-Dodge mansion is on the National Historic Registry.

It was built in 1858 by James and Marion Turner, who helped establish the Capital City, according to the city website.

The home is maintained by the City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department as a Cultural Heritage Center.