During the national bicentennial celebration of 1976 it was determined that the Bondy Oak was over 200 years old and therefore it was designated as a bicentennial live oak tree. It was at that time that it was given the name “The Bondy Oak” and it now stands at 22' in circumference.
The property has been in the Bondy family for generations. When David and Adelaide Bondy got ready to build their home on this site in 1957 (the home that sits there now) there was already a old Creole cottage on the site. David & Adelaide had the cottage moved away in order to construct their new home. The old creole cottage actually still stands, but is in a different location on the Bondy property. It was estimated that the old cottage had been built in the 1800’s by a previous landowner and it is believed that he constructed it there because the live oak tree was there.
Generations have enjoyed the tree through reunions, gatherings, and more. Mrs. Auguste Bondy, grandmother of the current property owner, David Bondy Sr., lived to be 99 years old and had 10 children. Mr. and Mrs. Auguste Bondy had 35 grandchildren, making for many memories of tremendous family reunions under this Oak tree.
In 1965 before schools had kindergartens, Mrs. Adelaide Cazayoux Bondy open up a kindergarten in the large den of her house. She operated the kindergarten from 1965 until 1980 when the area schools began having kindergartens. Many, many people still living in the New Roads area, as well as those visiting from out of town, pass by and recall attending “Mrs. Bondy‘s kindergarten” and playing under the big oak tree. The front yard was set up like a playground, with a slide, a whirly-gig and various other playground equipment.
Mrs. Adelaide Cazayoux Bondy also came from a large family and every Easter Sunday for decades she and and David Sr. would host a great big Easter gathering for all of the Cazayoux side of the family. David Sr. passed away in 1993 and Mrs. Bondy just recently left the family December 2017; however, the family still plans to carry the tradition of the annual Easter Cazayoux gathering under the branches of the Bondy Oak.
At one time there was a big wooden swing with enough room for at least seven people to sit on, or even more children. It hung by chains from a great big limb on the tree. The swing had to be replaced a couple of times, but there was one hanging there from probably 1957 to 2007, when finally the large limb began rotting, causing the limb to be removed along with the swing.
Mr. and Mrs. Bondy's children are David Jr, Jim, Nancy, Susan, Matt and Emily. The children can recall playing countless hours under the oak tree, attracting many neighborhood friends. Today, the grandchildren keep the tree occupied, climbing on the branches, which have increased in size over the years.