The sugar maple tree came down after heavy rains caused a massive branch to fall. The nearly 400-year-old tree measured 79-feet tall and 18-feet in girth in 1996, and officially became the state's largest sugar maple tree in 1997.

It has been such a landmark. Cables installed in recent years so the branches could remain connected and tree could stay together.

But those efforts proved unsuccessful. Heavy rains brought down a large branch--one that is as large as average tree trunks. That branch damaged another branch, and museum staff have no choice but to take down the entire tree to prevent damage the Ruffell Log Cabin.

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New York State's Largest Sugar Maple Tree

Adjacent to the Log Cabin grows a landmark sugar maple tree.   Measured on December 17, 1996 it has a girth of 17’ 10” circumference or 62” diameter at 4 1/2’, a height of 76 feet, and a spread of 79 feet.   It is 368 years old.   On Saturday, August 23, 1997, a team of horticultural experts appraised the monetary value of the state’s largest Sugar Maple as $23, 112.