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HIGH WINDS, HEAVY RAINS DOWN 400-YEAR-OLD LINCOLN OAK

Heavy rains and high winds from a storm that swept through the area this week downed a 400-year-old tree named for Abraham Lincoln.

The Lincoln Oak, on the grounds of the Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, toppled Monday night, said Ben Holland, the cemetery's general manager. It stood on a hillside where President Lincoln reviewed the troops during the Civil War.The tree, a white oak, is believed to have sprouted about 1510, Holland said.

Lincoln also used to come to drink from a nearby spring that flows into a historic spring house, Holland said.

"The tree missed it, just by feet," he said. The spring house, built in 1683, is one of the oldest structures in Maryland.

About 65,000 people are buried in the 176-acre cemetery.