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Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie

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#7 of 119 in Historic Sites in Louisiana
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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.
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  • You've seen it in travel magazines. And it's even more impressive and beautiful when viewed in person. It's the free-standing colonnade of 28 colossal Doric columns and the magnificent double row of.....  more
    You've seen it in travel magazines. And it's even more impressive and beautiful when viewed in person. It's the free-standing colonnade of 28 colossal Doric columns and the magnificent double row of.....  more »
  • Charming facility, good history, charming restaurant. The tour of the house was not too strong. Great history of the slavery 
    Charming facility, good history, charming restaurant. The tour of the house was not too strong. Great history of the slavery  more »
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  • We loved this tour. The whole experience provided an accurate view of what plantation life was like. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and did an excellent job answering questions for our group. The grounds are so peaceful and well kept. It was amazing to see the old oaks. The inside of the house is also well maintained. We appreciated having a restaurant to buy lunch at and also enjoyed the gift shop which had a wide variety of items for sale.
  • Extremely well managed and presented historic antebellum plantation. Mansion and grounds are very well maintained. Slave quarters are replicated but seem to be historically accurate. Both the mansion and slave quarter guides were knowledgeable about the plantation's history and sensitive to the plight of the slaves who were an essential component of the business of the plantation. Of course the "oak alley" of two rows of fourteen live oaks on each side, leading from the mansion toward the Mississippi River, from which the site gets its name, is absolutely magnificent. Of all the historic plantations and mansions my wife and I have visited, Oak Alley is our favorite.

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