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!
A MESSAGE FROM GEORGE RODRIGUE
“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.
For more about the history of this painting, including photos of George Rodrigue working at his easel, visit here.
How to Order
Youngsville Heritage Oak (2011)
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.
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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