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Fredericksburg finds money tree–but it’s dead.

Less than an hour after Mayor Tom Tomzak made his plea to Santa last night for a big fat check to pay for a new courts complex, he stood in front of council chambers and found out that money can indeed grow on trees.

Well, not exactly. But the city did get a check for $841.50 for the sale of various crafts that William Jewell’s Historical Woods of America has made from a horse-chestnut tree that was taken down on Fauquier Street back in 2005. The tree is believed to have been planted by George Washington.

It died in 2004, and after it was removed, the wood went to Jewell’s Stafford County workshop, where it has been transformed to pens, bowls and other crafts. Laura Moyer wrote about the tree and about Jewell’s business last year. Read the story here.