This story sounds like a variation on the old saying, "To cut off one's nose to spite one's face." But what it is is: the nearly 50-year-old oaks lining a gateway to historic Tryon Palace are coming down in the name of historical accuracy.
Before proceeding, let's split another hair. To be painfully accurate, Tryon Palace (though it claims to be) is not, strictly speaking, an "historic" building. It is a reconstruction of an historic building. Not much more than the foundation of the original structure was left when the decision was made to re-build it as a tourist attraction. Okay, a State Historic Site.
So, Tryon Palace is a restoration, a modern copy, if you will, of Governor William Tryon's palatial residence. He was one of the last Royal Chief Executives, serving from 1765 to 1771. Yep, that would have been under King George III.