Oak Alley Plantation
Stand on the balcony of this greek-style home to experience the breath-taking view of the levy-lined Mississippi river hundreds of yards from the front door canopied by 28 massive oak trees more than 300 years old. The Plantation encompasses 25 acres of land owned by the non-profit Oak Alley Plantation Foundation. 75 of the surrounding acres are residential homes, 600 acres are leased for sugar cane cultivation and 450 acres are still virgin woodlands.
If the beautiful grounds aren't enticing enough, perhaps a ghost story or two will draw you to Oak Alley. There have been numerous ghost sightings by employees, and
more than one person has heard the sound of a horse
drawn carriage making its way up the stone walk. Intrigued?
Stay overnight in one of Oak Alley Plantations bed and breakfast cottages, and perhaps you will create your own ghost story.
Professional interpreters will expose you to compelling, real-life accounts of generations of owners, women, slaves and children who called this typical Creole sugarcane farm their home.
The guided tour starts with a visit through the Maison Principale, built in 1805, into its raised basement and galleries, and into men's and women's chambers & offices, service rooms and common rooms. Even though you will see Laura's family heirlooms and their Creole furnishings, this portion of the tour spotlights the charmed but tragic lives of the plantation's inhabitants. Visitors are introduced to age-old Creole traditions and mores and to the skilled workmanship of enslaved artisans.