St. Martinville, Louisiana: Evangeline Oak

Tree made famous by a 19th century poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, although no one really knows if this particular tree was the one in the poem.
Address:
Evangeline Blvd, St. Martinville, LA
Directions:
In town. From S. Main St. turn east at the stoplight onto Port St./Evangeline Blvd. Drive two blocks. The street ends at Evangeline Oak Park.
Admission:
Free
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Evangeline Oak.

Evangeline Oak

Longfellow's poem "Evangeline" immortalized the tragedy of the Acadian exile from Nova Scotia in 1755. This marks the legendary meeting place of Emmeline Labiche and Louis Arceneaux, the counterparts of Evangeline and Gabriel. The oak, statues, and placards are located in the Evangeline Oak Park along Bayou Teche at the corner of Evangeline Boulevard and New Market Street.

[Ed Gomboz, 04/21/2016]

St. Martinville didn't claim to be the home of the Oak until long after Longfellow was dead -- but the tree had to be somewhere, right?


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