Learn about the history of the 200 slaves who lived and worked at Oak Alley Plantation, from the construction of the plantation's mansion up until the time of emancipation. Discover the property's Big House, built in 1939, and watch historical interpreters reenact the life of the family who inhabited this antebellum home. Walk down the alley of 28 oak trees, for which the plantation is named. Explore the interactive Civil War Encampment and view the Slavery Exhibit, added in 2011, to gain a better understanding of the lives of slaves at this plantation. Finally, visit the new pecan trees planted to honor Antoine, an enslaved gardener who grafted the original "paper shell" pecan. Using our world travel planner, Vacherie attractions like Oak Alley Plantation can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Oak Alley Plantation Reviews
This was my first experience in a plantation and I loved it. We did the tour of the main house and was surprised pictures were not allowed; however, I was able to make it up with all the pictures we t... more »
Overall it is a nice tour. Note that no photography is allowed inside the main house. We went there with a group. more »
Oak Alley is well worth the visit. It's an hour or so drive from NOLA, but we had a good tour guide that kept us entertained on the drive out. If you're able to visit by car, I would recommend that so... more »
The grounds are gorgeous, I was enthralled with the overall look, and I got my perfect photo op under the canopy of trees with the house in the background. The exhibit on how slaves in that time lived was impactful and insightful, and difficult at times, but very well done. They have guides there to answer questions and give talks every few hours. The main house tour was a good one, but it was much shorter than I anticipated. I expected there to be more interaction, or more to do there...which is why I gave it 4 stars and not 5.
Great tour. Love that you can just roam around and look at all the exhibits at your leisure. The only 'tour' part is through the big house. The tour in the house goes from room to room explaining the family history and the very different experiences between the master's family and the slaves they used to build the home and their fortune. Highly recommended.
One of the highlights of our trip to New Orleans. The grounds are gorgeous. The staff are knowledgeable and engaging. The tour of the Big House was very interesting and well presented. Our kids had a wonderful experience learning about plantation life for the plantation owners and the enslaved. I’m grateful they got to experience this. We had a lovely lunch and enjoyed a flight of mint juleps.
My 2nd plantation during my New Orleans trip after Laura, this garden with its wonderful oak trees was even much more impressive. Learning interesting facts about the family which lived here and the circumstances of how the slaves had to live, I could enjoy this stay and am impressed by the well-kept area. I only give it 4 stars since the tour in the main house was kept short. I would have wished to go more into historical detail with the slaveholders and the depending slaves. Otherwise, highly to recommend, the trees are worth to be seen.
Gorgeous plantation that focuses strongly on the existence and contributions of slaves. The grounds are lush and breathtaking, with Virginia live oaks over 200 years old. The interior of the home is interesting and bears many artifacts from the Roman family whom once inhabited it. A short drive from New Orleans, we completed this tour in the afternoon after we went on a swamp tour earlier in the day. Several other plantations nearby, this one is worth the stop.
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