Gov tree

John Hoover of the Conservation Department cuts down Mike and Ellen Hedgcoth's white pine on West Virginia Avenue before it is removed with a crane and shipped to Jefferson City.

The 2019 Missouri Governor’s Mansion Christmas trees will arrive Dec. 2, and the tree featured in the yard is coming from Salem.

The tree that will be displayed on the mansion lawn is a 30-foot white pine donated by Mike and Ellen Hedgcoth of Salem. The Hedgcoths decided to donate their tree because it has become too large for their yard. The tree for the mansion staircase is a 17-foot Norway spruce from Pea Ridge Forest in Hermann.

Department of Conservation staff will install the indoor tree, and Department of Natural Resources staff will install the mansion lawn tree.

The annual lighting of the tree will take place 6 p.m. Dec. 6, followed by this year’s Candlelight Tours. Doors will be open until 8 p.m. and again 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 7.

Preparations for the Candlelight Tours are currently underway. During the tours, visitors will be able to walk through the festively decorated ground floor of the Mansion as well as a new Christmas Village on the Mansion lawn.

See additional coverage of the Salem tree Tuesday at and in the Dec. 3 edition of The Salem News.