Last week Oak Alley Plantation celebrated a very special anniversary. On June 28, 1995, the 28 oak trees that create the eponymous alley leading from the River Road to the big house of the plantation were inducted into the Live Oak Society. The society was founded in 1934 by Dr Edwin Lewis Stephens, the first president of Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. Every oak in the alley is a registered member of the society, joining more than 7,000 registered trees in the U.S. Each member of the registry is given a name, such as the Josephine oak, a member of the alley named after Mrs. Josephine Stewart. Josephine is the largest oak in the alley measuring approximately 31 feet in circumference and standing over 70 feet tall with a crown spread of approximately 150 feet! You can see Josephine for yourself on the west side of the alley–just look for the biggest one when you're touring the grounds of looking out at that beautiful view from the upper porch of the big house.
Oak Alley Plantation is included on several of our plantation tours, including the Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour and the Grand Tour. Call 1-888-223-2093 for more information or request a reservation.
NOTE: You can now download a beautiful ebook collection of photos of both the grounds and oaks of the plantation here. These photos are the result of the plantations photo contest earlier this year, the theme of which was A Unique Perspective. Whether or not you have visited the plantation, these photos are a must see!