Also present were four generations of the Endicott family (descendants eventually changed the spelling of the name).
The Endecott Pear Tree, located on the grounds of the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers, is known as the oldest living fruit tree in America. On April 13, 100 individuals gathered at the Danvers facility to celebrate this famous tree, which was planted by Gov. John Endecott - the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony - nearly 400 years ago. The event was sponsored by the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care, the Danvers Historical Society and the Essex National Heritage Area to kick off their new biannual lecture series. The series will promote community collaboration in preserving local history and culture. Speakers at the event were Robert Norton, president and CEO of North Shore Medical Center (NSMC); Elena Sierra, RN, executive administrative director of Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care; David Torchiana, MD, chairman and CEO of the MGPO; Anthony Patton, MD, emeritus member of the NSMC medical staff and member of the Danvers Historical Society; and Karen Krag, MD, oncologist at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center..