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Opelousas in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Seven Brothers Oak

 
 
Seven Brothers Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, August 26, 2017
1. Seven Brothers Oak Marker
Inscription.  
On April 4, 1809, Louisiana cotton planter Jean Henri Lastrapes became the proud father of a new baby boy. Because this was his seventh son, he immediately sent workers out to gather seven small live oak trees, intending to surround his home with seven graceful reminders of his growing boys. His workmen did not return until after dark, so Lastrapes ordered the saplings placed into a single hole in front of his house to keep them fresh for final planting. On the busy Louisiana cotton farm even the best laid plans can get pushed aside, then forgotten. Months, then years, then decades rolled by, the seven oaks struggled forth from their crowded hole and eventually seven huge trunks surged gracefully from the earth. Now, after nearly 200 years, the seven Lastrapes sons are remembered to this day in the stately arms of the seven oaks that Jean Henri Lastrapes forgot to plant. Located 1.2 miles south of Washington on LA. Hwy. 10 "Seven Brothers" is a proud member of both The National and State Live Oak Societies.

Artist:
Artist Robert Tinney who resides in Washington Louisiana, has provided the talent and creativity for this
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mural. Mr. Tinney free-handed all of the art work

 
Erected by State of Louisiana Atchafalaya Basin Program, St. Landry Economic Industrial Development District and City of Opelousas.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureHorticulture & Forestry. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 4, 1809.
 
Location. 30° 31.964′ N, 92° 4.962′ W. Marker is in Opelousas, Louisiana, in St. Landry Parish. Marker is on East Landry Street (U.S. 190) east of Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Located on the western wall of the Brass Rail Pub. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 East Landry Street, Opelousas LA 70570, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Landry Parish Mural (a few steps from this marker); Shute's Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Federal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); King's Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Lacombe Hotel Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manon's Corner (about 300 feet away); Let Freedom Ring (about 300 feet away); Opelousas (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelousas.
 
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Seven Brothers Oak Marker and Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, August 26, 2017
2. Seven Brothers Oak Marker and Mural
this marker.
Marker is painted in conjunction with a mural (shown) on the building. Also included are actual photos of the Seven Brothers Oak tree.
 
Regarding Seven Brothers Oak. The Seven Brothers Oak Tree is located at the intersection of Louisiana State Highway 182/10 and Parish Road 5-25 about 5 miles north of marker/mural. Coordinates for tree location is:
30°35'42.7" -92°04'14.1"
Included in this page are photos of the actual Seven Brothers Oak tree.
And it is quite impressive.
 
Seven Brothers Oak Mural image. Click for full size.
August 26, 2017
3. Seven Brothers Oak Mural
Seven Brothers Oak image. Click for full size.
August 26, 2017
4. Seven Brothers Oak
Seven Brothers Oak image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, August 26, 2017
5. Seven Brothers Oak
Seven Brothers Oak image. Click for full size.
August 26, 2017
6. Seven Brothers Oak
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2024. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 992 times since then and 255 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 26, 2017.

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