One of the initial 2016 centennial events for the state parks system was the Party for the Pine Saturday at Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve. For the park in Moore County, it was a birthday party for what is believed to be the oldest longleaf pine in the world, estimated to have sprouted 468 years ago. (The park also boasts the second largest longleaf.) There were hikes to the old tree led by retired Superintendent Scott Hartley and a cake cutting and singing presided over by current Superintendent Billy Hartness. The new Friends of Weymouth Woods and other community groups helped stage the event. Here’s a gallery of photos; click any one to begin.