The name “Bent Tree”

There have been many stories over the years about how the resort community in Jasper, Georgia came to be called “Bent Tree”.  A lot of the stories revolve around the theory of “trail trees” bent by Native Americans.

According to an old AJC article, the real reason is not that exciting.  Dean Spratlin said he saw a development in Florida named “Lost Tree”, which led him to come up with the variation “Bent Tree”.  After discussing it with his associates, the community was officially named “Bent Tree”.