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Massive Oak damages former home of Albany founder

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga: A massive oak tree smashed the home formerly owned by Albany founder Nelson Tift in 1886.

The tree crashed into the home at the intersection of North Jackson Street and Tift Avenue Thursday night with such force that it has partially knocked the home off its foundation, causing significant damage to the home's front porch, north facade and roof.

Current owner and retired school administrator Jean Graham said that the tree tumbled onto the home around 5 p.m. Thursday as strong storms swept through the area. Despite being in the house at the time, Graham said she wasn't injured.

Friday, work crews were on site helping Graham pack up her valuable belongings so that they wouldn't be damaged as cleanup and removal of the tree begins.