When Rebekah Baines played under this oak tree’s expansive canopy, it is doubtful even a youthful imagination could have imagined where life would take her famous son. Growing up at her family home by the scenic town of Blanco, she spent her childhood beneath the accommodatingly wide branches of this venerable tree. No doubt, the stout, stone walls of the 1880’s family home, named Amenthal, coupled with the resplendent canopy offered the young girl joyful relief from the brutish Texas summers. Much later, Rebekah would trade in her dolls for a real child, whom one day would be sworn in as the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Considering the picturesque condition of the landmark home and tree, it is easy to stand beneath the broad spread and imagine joyful summer days spent here by a young girl whose son would cast a giant shadow.