Academy of the Sacred Heart (Sacré-Coeur) oak alley

100 Oaks Project

Grand Coteau, Louisiana

One of the first stops at the beginning of the 100 Oaks Project, when I set out to relocate and document the founding member trees and the 100 largest oaks registered with the Live Oak Society, was a return to a favorite photographic location:  a serenely beautiful grove and alley of live oaks whose moss-draped canopies arch above the path between the Academy of the Sacred Heart and the former St. Charles College, a Jesuit school for young men (now St. Ignatius School).

History:  The alley of live oaks was reportedly planted around 1840 by Father Nicholas Point, the founder and first Jesuit rector of St. Charles College, to shade his daily route to the chapel at the Academy to celebrate mass:

The Jesuit priests served as chaplains for the cloistered nuns and the Academy students, and the trees were planted to protect…

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