The Live Oak Society, created by university president Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens in 1934, honors the grandeur, history, and heritage of the largest and oldest live oak trees in Louisiana and 13 other states. While we can’t visit all of them, we can spend a few hours getting to view some of them.
We’ll start with the St. John Cathedral Oak in Lafayette, and then head to Avery Island to see the first of two Grover Cleveland Oaks, as well as the rest of Jungle Gardens and Bird City. The other Cleveland Oak is near the Joseph Jefferson home on Jefferson Island.
We’ll have lunch at Café Jefferson, which overlooks Lake Peigneur, walk through Rip Van Winkle Gardens and tour the historic home.
Join us on the UL Bus as we see the oaks, imagining all of the life events that might have taken place under their stately branches, from childhood rope swings to romantic trysts, to family picnics, to final resting places. You’ll learn interesting tidbits and facts about the Live Oak Society and an earlier time, all the while enjoying beautiful scenery with other members of our community. $89 (includes lunch)