The Versailles Oaks -- Chalmette LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 29° 56.229 W 089° 58.068
16R E 213517 N 3315525
Quick Description: Local planter Pierre De La Ronde's planted these oaks to give a dramatic entrance to his home. De la Ronde served on General Jackson's staff during the War of 1812. His men camped under these oaks in 1814.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 2/14/2015 10:20:48 AM
Waymark Code: WMNCJB
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member briansnat
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Long Description:
A stone state historic marker monument installed by the state of Louisiana on the 150th anniversary of the decisive battle of New Orleans relates the history and significance of these magnificent oak trees, which formerly comprised a famed double alley of oak trees leading to Pierre De La Ronde's magnificent plantation, Versailles.

Wikipedia claims that this is the first double Oak alley in the world, but Blasterz have no evidence to substantiate that from the site.

Today the Versailles Oaks are maintained and managed by the St. Bernard Parish Sherriff's Department, with inmate labor provided from the jail next door.

The state historic marker reads as follows:

These Versailles Oaks
were planted in 1783 by
Pierre Denis De la Ronde
Born New Orleans, April 20, 1762
Died December 2, 1824

Here, he also built a French colonial residence.

He was a lieutenant at conquest of West Florida.
Military commandant St. Bernard, LA.
Member Cabildo City Council 1778 – 1803.
Member state constitutional convention from Parish of Orleans.
Colonel on Gen. Jackson's staff.
Maj. Gen., Louisiana militia.

Under these oaks his men camped on December 23, 1814.

The Battle of New Orleans was won near here, over the English, by GENERAL ANDREW JACKSON on January 8, 1815.

Erected by the State of Louisiana
January 8, 1952"
Website: [Web Link]

Historic Event:
Camp for men during the War of 1812 engagements around the Battle of New Orleans

Year: 1783

Species: Live Oak

Approximate Age: 230

Location: Chalmette LA

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