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Youngsville Heritage Oak

UPDATE: The Youngsville Heritage Oak has been saved from being turned into sawdust! Thanks to a generous homeowner and a $200,000 surety bond from Trees Acadiana, the Youngsville Heritage Oak is now safe. More info here.

But, we still need your help to raise enough money in order to pay back the loan!


“Before we had Walmart, iPods, and interstates, we shopped at corner stores, listened to one or two radio stations, and drove along small country roads. The Louisiana Live Oak was the heart of it all, standing as a strong witness to our history, culture and progress --- the very progress that threatens today the 250-year old Youngsville Heritage Oak in the vicinity of Lafayette, Louisiana, standing in the way of a city’s planned (but temporary) road, servicing traffic while they build a roundabout.

At one time this tree sheltered a quiet dirt road, a corridor for horses and buggies traveling to an Acadian village. Eventually big highways and modern cars replaced the old way of life.

This painting is typical of my classic oak tree style. I first started painting these trees in the late 1960s and early 1970s, after returning from art school in California and realizing Louisiana’s unique culture and landscape compared to the rest of the country. I cut the shape of the oak off at the top of my canvas so that we see the sky from beneath the tree, just as one sees it while standing in the shade of the Youngsville Heritage Oak. The house in the painting stands today near this magnificent tree, and the horse and buggy (not as bygone as one might think) come from a photograph I shot outside of a country store in Arnaudville in 1967, when farmers in the area still used this form of transportation.

Please help us, along with ‘Guardian of the Oaks,’ save this Acadiana treasure. Both time and diligence are of the essence.”

For more about the history of this painting, including photos of George Rodrigue working at his easel, visit here.

For a detailed history of George Rodrigue’s oak trees from 1967 to present, visit here .

How to Order

Youngsville Heritage Oak (2011)
A Silkscreen Print by George Rodrigue
Signed open edition
Paper size 28" X 36"; Image size 24" X 32"
$500 (plus shipping and tax)

Ordering Options

ONLINE - To order online, please click the 'Buy Now' button below. GRFA will ship via FedEx 2-day delivery for an $50.00 additional charge. After you place your order, you will receive an email with your FedEx tracking and shipping information when your order ships from our warehouse.

MAIL/FAX - Download, print out, and follow the instructions on this form . Prints will be picked up at Rodrigue Studio Lafayette.

PHONE - If you would like to order by phone, please contact GRFA at (504) 324-9614 to place your order. Prints will be ready for pick up at Rodrigue Studio Lafayette.

Return Policy

All sales are final, however, if your print is damaged in transit, please contact GRFA within 24 hours of delivery to make arrangements for a replacement of your print.


Guardian of the Oaks is a group dedicated to working for the survival of the tree slated for destruction for the sake of a temporary bypass in the construction of Youngsville's traffic circle. It includes Youngsville citizens, Trees Acadiana and others who appreciate the history and legacy of the old oak that grows beside Hwy 89. The tree dates back past the time when Dr. Young built his home beside the live oak. But, now the City of Youngsville owns the tree.

Youngsville Mayor Viator has given his okay to continue efforts to save the tree. He has also given his assurance that the tree will be left to stand as long as possible. Guardian of the Oaks has reason to be encouraged because information suggests that the tree can be saved within any time constraints existing relative to the City's contract for roadway construction.

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