Locally, we often refer to the Donegal Presbyterian Church as simply the Witness Tree Church. At a church service in1777, the congregation received word from a horserider that the British had left New York and invaded Pennsylvania. The congregation, joined by their pastor, went out and encircled the white oak planted just outside the church and pledged their allegiance as patriots of the new country. It was significant also in that the congregation had been used to offering prayers for King George of England, but would do so no more. The majestic oak who gave witness to this event was struck by lightning many times and finally, after more than 200 years, succumbed to disease in the early 1990s, despite many attempts to save it.