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Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie

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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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  • Beautiful place with the opportunity to open one's eyes and ears to the troubling history of the slave era and everything involved. Delicious po' boys too, in the restaurant. The tour felt a bit... 
    Beautiful place with the opportunity to open one's eyes and ears to the troubling history of the slave era and everything involved. Delicious po' boys too, in the restaurant. The tour felt a bit...  more »
  • Simply Incredible! My wife and I were recently in New Orleans and decided to take a couple of days to tour plantations along the river road. Oak Alley has always been on our bucket list. From the... 
    Simply Incredible! My wife and I were recently in New Orleans and decided to take a couple of days to tour plantations along the river road. Oak Alley has always been on our bucket list. From the...  more »
  • DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME HERE. If you are interested in the history of this place or if you enjoy glimpses of customs and life during the plantation era, THIS NO LONGER THE PLACE TO COME. What was once....  more
    DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME HERE. If you are interested in the history of this place or if you enjoy glimpses of customs and life during the plantation era, THIS NO LONGER THE PLACE TO COME. What was once....  more »
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  • Stunning view of the oak lined boardwalk. We did the tour of the big house and highly recommend it. Anthony was our guide and was full of interesting facts. He did a great job telling all about the house; his original accent really added to the experience. As good as the tour was, the highlight is walking the grounds. Everywhere you go is a great area for a photo shoot. We all really enjoyed the experience. The grounds are beautifully maintained. 5 stars
  • Delightful! We loved it! We got there for the earliest tour in the morning and it was just perfect because we had the time to enjoy the beautiful 200 years old oaks and the alley before it got crowdier. We loved the house, it was so well preserved! The tour guide was very nice and she answered to all our questions. Maybe the tour was a little bit too fast (we would have liked to have more time to read about the history of the place, about the artifacts, but while we were doing that the tour guide was already talking in another room so we had to rush). Also, you can’t take pictures on the inside which we would have loved to, but at least we could take pictures on the balcony and it’s definitely a view worth taking pictures of! It was very nice to visit also the slave houses and learn more about the history and evolution of the plantation, it made the whole visit more grounded in the reality. It’s an hour from New Orleans, but if you have the chance, absolutely go and visit it, it’s worth it!
  • Oak Alley Plantation is a very beautiful place to visit. The home was built in the 1840s and is beautiful on the inside. They do not allow pictures to be taken inside the big house. You can take all the pictures and videos of the outside and of the slave quarters. The trees on the premises are over 200 years old. I highly recommend if your in the area to stop by and see it! They do charge admission and offer military discounts. You can spend as much time as you want visiting the outside and out buildings.
  • The tour guide was very knowledgeable. She explained the history and the different families that have owned the property through the years. Not sure why but you can't take pictures inside the main house. I really would have liked to so I could have different pictures than the website. Other than the main house the rest is self guided and you can take pictures. There are signs throughout to explain what you are looking at.
  • Purchased a tour which included bus ride on grayline. Oak Alley has been a bucket list item for a long time. It lived up to the reputation. It was gorgeous! The Oaks were enormous. The big house tour was informative but quick so it didn't take all of our time. We enjoyed the self guided information near the slave quarters. The gift shop was great!

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