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Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie

Must see · Architectural Building · Historic Site
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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  • Very good experience. The tour of the big house was ok, a little shorter than I expected... but there is room for improvement. You hear about the history of the folks who owned the plantation, but...  more »
  • We went to Oak Alley in the morning and Whitney in the afternoon. First, if you are going to Oak Alley realize you are going for the pics, not for the full story. We showed up right at opening and.....  more »
  • We visited Oak Alley on a rainy afternoon, choosing to combine it with a visit to Laura Plantation for a complete picture of what life could have been like. The house was lovely, although not quite....  more »
  • I had always wanted to visit Oak Alley Plantation. From seeing it on paranormal TV shows to seeing it in Interview with a Vampire and various other movies, it really held an air of mystique to me. I finally got the chance during my trip to New Orleans and the surrounding areas. This is well worth the hour and a half drive from New Orleans. The grounds are beautifully manicured and kept up. The slave quarters are a sobering look at life on a southern plantation. And of course, the Alley of Oaks is... breathtaking. They were planted long before air conditioning to created a wind tunnel effect to cool the plantation house during the hot Louisiana summers. Our tour of the mansion itself was highly interesting and detailed, due to our excellent tour guide. You can almost feel the spirits of the past when wandering the mansion and the grounds. The history and culture is really alive at Oak Alley Plantation, and I'm glad to say I've experienced it.
  • The oak trees are of course the main reason to come, and they are absolutely beautiful. The house is likewise gorgeous. The house tour itself was informative but felt a little thin on detail. In addition to the house tour there was a short "tree tour" (mostly just a talk) about the trees, but if it's being offered you should definitely do it. It doesn't go around the grounds, just talks about the oaks, but definitely a fascinating story. The rest of the plantation is similar to what you would expect from any other historic house in the South. There was a self-guided tour of the slave quarters. My friend and I bought some homemade pralines at the gift shop (delicious!) and had lunch in the restaurant. The lunch definitely exceeded my expectations. To be honest, I usually assume the food at tourist attractions will be mediocre, but it was homemade and tasty. I recommend the house dressing on the salad.
  • Beautiful place. This place has a storied history entrenched in some of the most vile times in our nations history, but the grounds, residence, and quarters are absolutely breath taking. The employees give great information during the tours, refusing to glaze over the bad side of its history, and informing you of the true life at Oak Alley. This is a historical tour, accurate and informative, but the grounds and the reason it got its name oak alley is the true draw. Take the time to stop by, this is an inexpensive way to spend several hours in a beautiful location.
  • Went and saw the Workers quarters, the plantation house, blacksmith areas, interesting history. The still VA Oak trees are beautiful. The perfect shots to get are in front. The prices are reasonable and they give good discount and accommodations, the tour guides are very knowledgeable and taught how the owners were of French descent and the main resource to farm is sugarcane, unlike cotton and rice in GA. It was really interesting to hear and see more about the real history of slavery in south, along with the effects of the Civil War in the surrounding areas. We had Shannon for a guide and she was knowledgeable. Highly recommended to try and visit.
  • The grounds are amazing. You can see the amazing view right from the road. It's about 25 $ per adult to get in your of the big house is only 10 minutes. While you're here make sure to try the drinks. Our tour guide mentioned seeing ghosts in the Big House....I wanted to hear more about that.

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