Opelousas in Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Seven Brothers Oak
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 Robert Tinney who resides in Washington Louisiana, has provided the talent and creativity for this mural. Mr. Tinney free-handed all of the art work
Erected by State of Louisiana Atchafalaya Basin Program, St. Landry Economic Industrial Development
Location. 30° 31.964′ N, 92° 4.962′ W. Marker is in Opelousas, Louisiana, in Saint Landry Parish. Marker is on East Landry Street (U.S. 190) east of Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on the western wall of the Brass Rail Pub. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 East Landry Street, Opelousas LA 70570, United States of America.
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); Opelousas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Opelousas (about 400 feet away); Humble Cottage Lodge No. 19 (about 500 feet away); Emar Andrepont Store (approx. half a mile away); Louisiana Orphan Train Museum (approx. half a mile away); Union Pacific Freight Depot (approx. half a mile away); Mary Jane Steam Engine Train (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelousas.
More about 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
Included in this page are photos of the actual Seven Brothers Oak tree.
And it is quite impressive.
Categories. • Agriculture • Horticulture & Forestry •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 26, 2017.