“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Avery Island in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

The Cleveland Oak

Grover Cleveland

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June 6, 2018
1. The Cleveland Oak Marker
Inscription.  The Cleveland Oak was named for Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), the two-term U.S. President (1885-1889 and 1893-1897). Cleveland was a close friend of Joe Jefferson (1829-1905), the actor of Rip Van Winkle fame who owned nearby Jefferson Island. In 1891, Cleveland came to south Louisiana to stay with Jefferson and at that time visited Avery Island. Cleveland had two oaks named after him during that sojourn, one on Jefferson Island and this one on Avery Island. McIlhenny family tradition states that Cleveland hugged these trees, thus explaining why they were named in his honor. The Cleveland Oak on Avery Island is about 23 feet in circumference and over 300 years old. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #22 and #24 Grover Cleveland, and the Historic Trees series lists.
Location. 29° 54.42′ N, 91° 55.082′ W. Marker is on Avery Island, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker
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is on Jungle Garden Road near Avery Island Road/Main Road. Stop 6 on the Jungle Garden self driving tour. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Avery Island LA 70513, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buddah (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Buddah (about 700 feet away); Boat House (approx. ¼ mile away); Sunken Gardens (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bird City (approx. 0.4 miles away); McIlhenny (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bamboo (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bayou Petite Anse (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Avery Island.
The Cleveland Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
June 6, 2018
2. The Cleveland Oak Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 9, 2018.

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