The gusting winds from last Friday’s nor’easter brought down the 227-year-old Canadian hemlock planted by George Washington. The tree was planted on the founding father’s Mount Vernon estate in 1791 and has stood watch over his tomb for many years. The estate said that the tree originally came to Mount Vernon in 1791 in a half whiskey barrel as a gift from then-New York Gov. George Clinton. The estate lost many trees during the devastating winds but according to the senior vice president of visitor engagement at Mount Vernon Rob Shenk, the Canadian hemlock was the most significant.