The Brooklyn Eagle says:

"It is not probable that any tree on Long Island is more than 500 years old, and very few in New York or New England are of greater age. Formerly there stood at Flushing, near the old Bowne homestead, two oaks known as the Fox Oaks, from the fact that George Fox addressed the people beneath them. That occurred in 1672. Both the trees have disappeared. One was blown down September 25th, 1841; the other fell more recently. Mr. Parsons, of Flushing, counted as nearly as possible the rings of growth in the one last mentioned, and found more than 400 rings, indicating its great age. Mr. Parsons has two oaks standing on his premises nearly or quite as old.

"Two miles south of Glen Cove, in front of the late residence of James Luyster, deceased, is a venerable white oak which is probably nearly 500 years old. It was as hollow as it now is seventy-five years ago. The diameter of the trunk at the ground is 7 feet and at 6 feet from the ground it is still 15 feet around, or say 5 feet in diameter. The chestnut tree attains a very large size on Long Island. At Brookville, Port Jefferson, Smithtown and a few other places are trees, remnants of old forests perhaps, which measure from 15 feet to 22 feet around near the ground. But the chestnut grows rapidly and none of the large ones may be more than 100 or 150 years old. The tulip tree is one of the most beautiful of forest trees and grows to an immense size. One on the high ground at Lakeville is 26 feet around at 6 feet from the ground, but is not more than 70 feet high. Its immense crown of branches is supported by hoops and braces of iron. The great black walnut tree on the estate of the late William C. Bryant, at Roslyn, is a magnificent tree. Its age is about 175 years. The girth of the trunk at 7 feet from the ground is 23 feet. At the ground it is 29 feet around. The extreme spread of its branches is 120 feet.

The immense size and age of many trees on the island indicate clearly enough the adaptability of its soil and climate to their growth. The locust is an extremely valuable tree on Long Island, and in quality is superior to any of its kind growing elsewhere. It was introduced here, as I believe, from Virginia, by Captain John Sands sometime previous to 1712. Captain Sands moved from Block Island to Sands Point, about 1695, and sailed a packet between New York and Norfolk, Va. He died about 1712. It is known that several locust trees brought by him were planted near Sands Point and elsewhere. Most of them have fallen or have been removed. But a few remain and are still flourishing. Of these, two are on the lawn of the old Thorne Mansion at Great Neck, three are on the lawn of Daniel Bogart, Esq., at Roslyn, and one on the premises of the late El-wood Valentine at Glen Cove. It seems probable that the locust may live and flourish in favorable situations nearly two centuries".