With a small population and small-town vibe to match, Sea Island, Georgia is a hidden gem of the Golden Isles. However, the island’s reputation for beauty and elegance has preceded itself, drawing many distinguished guests over the years.
In 1928, President Calvin Coolidge visited Sea Island and was so impressed with the island that he commemorated the visit by planting a live oak. The live oak is the state tree of Georgia and has become a southern symbol of strength and prosperity. Since this inaugural planting, the island has continued to draw notable visitors, and many have continued the tradition of the commemorative live oak.
In 1946, President Dwight D. Eisenhower planted a live oak after a visit with his wife, and in the coming years, Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton followed suit. George W. Bush elected Sea Island to host the annual G-8 summit in 2004 due to its isolation and ability to lend privacy to the world’s most important leaders. During the summit, Bush planted his oak next to his father’s.
This tradition has been extended to distinguished foreign guests as well. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands planted a live oak in 1952, and Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair added to the grove as well during their time in office. Thatcher was apparently so zealous in her planting ceremony that she grabbed a shovel and helped dig the hole herself despite wearing a pink suit.
These 160-year old oaks now form the Avenue of Oaks, which lines the entrance to the Sea Island Golf Club and are a must see for any history buff The rich diplomatic and political history of the Golden Isles makes it a great place to call home.
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