January 23, 2018
The Tree Sculpture Tour mostly located in the East End Historic District begins at the intersection of 20th and Sealy. There is a great map at the Visitor Center with details of each sculpture...21 of them. Back in 2008 the damaging combination of powerful winds and waves uprooted many of the city's old trees. Some of the local residents had the great idea to turn the downed trees into signs of rejuvenation.
Whimsical tree sculptures have replaced the majestic oaks that once lined many neighborhood streets. The sculptures, tucked away in gardens and side yards were paid for by private residents. These homeowners own a Great Dane. The tree had actually grown around the fence at the spot where the paws of his sculpture grip the fence.
The sculptures aren't the only draw to this historic neighborhood, the homes range from small, simple cottages to large...ummm...huge elaborate homes.
The earliest homes were built around the 1850s and have withstood the devastating hurricanes of 1900 and 2008.
Most of the homes are adorned with plaques...the most impressive to me is the 1900 Storm Survivor. There are lots of plaques to describe the homes architecture, year built and information about who built and lived in the home.
The self guided tour is open to the public. We walked, but you could bike or drive the tour...don't forget your map !
Following are a few pictures from the tour...
|Tall Ship Elissa Figurehead...homeowners love for ships|
|Geisha Girl...represents the homeowners love for the Orient and is a reminder to their many trips there...she is facing west to represent the direction you need to travel to get to Japan|
|Birds of Galveston...this large Live Oak contains 17 birds on the branches|
We did enjoy our walk. Parking is along the street and free. This time of year, we didn't have any trouble pulling into a space. Of course we did work up an appetite and chose The Spot for a combo (snapper and shrimp) Po-Boy and yummy onion rings.
Stay tuned for our adventures with Corky and Libby. Libby loves Galveston and Corky's mom grew up on the island so when they found out we were coming here, they made plans for a visit. It was a blast !
Until next time...
|I have a thing for doors !|