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Choose Treaty Oak Park for Your Next Photo Shoot

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to take some romantic and beautiful engagement pictures, or even just a great place to spend a weekend, look no further than Jacksonville’s Treaty Oak Park, located in the Southbank area of the city, just south of downtown and over St. John’s river. Home to perhaps Jacksonville’s oldest resident, the titular Treaty Oak, this little green space is one of the city’s most valuable natural treasures. Couples looking to celebrate a special moment in their lives can take some great snaps in this beautiful location.

The park is home to the Treaty Oak, a southern live oak tree estimated to be over two centuries old. Some estimations put the tree’s age at around 250, making it undoubtedly one of the city’s oldest residents since it was there before Jacksonville was even founded in 1820. The tree is a truly imposing and incredible sight with tentacle-like branches spreading out in all directions, the perfect backdrop for a special engagement picture.

Various legends exist about the origins of the name of the famous tree, with some going as far as saying that the southern live oak was a symbol of peace between Native Americans and foreign settlers. However, the true story behind the tree is that the name was invented by a Floridian journalist named Pat Moran who was actually attempting to save the tree from destruction. Developers in the Jacksonville area were planning on removing the tree in order to make way for man-made structures and Moran invented a story about a famous treaty being signed beneath the oak’s branches, giving the tree a certain status as a historical monument and saving it from the chop.

Jacksonville residents and visitors to the city can be grateful for Moran’s actions as the tree is a wonderful example of Florida’s native flora and should be preserved for as long as possible. It is approximately seventy feet tall and, thanks to its extremely long and expansive branches, manages to shade a circular area with a diameter of around 190 feet. Amusingly, it is the largest tree in the city but is found in the smallest park.

The park is also known as the Jessie Ball duPont Park, named after a member of the Garden Club of Jacksonville who worked towards preserving the famous tree by purchasing the land on which it grew. Jessie Ball duPont then donated this land to the city on the condition that it be used as a public park for the enjoyment of the citizens and the conservation of the Treaty Oak.

So if you’re looking for the ideal spot in the city of Jacksonville to take some pictures celebrating your engagement or commemorating another event, the Treaty Oak Park is a perfect location. The tree itself is one of the city’s most important natural monuments and any picture taken below its enormous branches will surely be one to cherish for many years to come.

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