Over 375 years old the Sallier Oak towers over the grounds of the Museum. It was here on the site of the Museum that Charles Sallier, whom the lake and city take it's name from, built his winter home under the shade of this very oak tree. The tree is a live oak and is on the registry of the Live Oak Society of Louisiana. The tree has survived many hurricanes, and if one looks close enough you can see the remnants of chains hanging out of the trunk. The chains were used to heal the tree after lightning struck and split one of its largest branches.