Boyington Oak: Where the Rubber Meets the Road in Driving Literary Tourism to Mobile

Literary tourists exploring Mobile as part of the Boyington Oak Festival

Charles Boyington was a charasmatic 19-year-old who in 1835 was executed in Mobile for the murder of his best friend. Before his death, he foretold that an oak tree would grow above his grave as a sign of his innocence, and the oak did indeed sprout and grow just as he predicted. The Boyington Oak continues to thrive today in a Mobile cemetery, along with Boyington’s legend captured in Mary Palmer’s play The Truth is in the Tree. Literay tourists are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Boyington Oak Festival (see details below) for a fascinating look into one of Mobile’s most engaging stories of real-life crime and drama. Palmer’s book Boyington Oak: A Grave Injustice also provides more detail behind Charles Boyington’s tragic story.

Literary tourists attend the play The Truth is in the Tree at the Oakleigh House Museum in Mobile, part of the story of the tragic figure of Charles Boyington

May 1, 2023

  • looking forward to coming to see the play on May 20th with a group of Travelers from Foley, Al.
    Sylvia Womack
    Louise Childs

  • THANKS to Mrs. MARY PALMER BOYINGTON OAK is still ” alive ” today and growing and I am sure CHARLES BOYINGTON looks down from above with pride , knowing that the truth – and justice – has prevailed .
    MARY PALMER it is your ” OAK TREE ” ! Thank you for your efforts .

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