Louisiana Nature December 26, 2018
Everyone Must Visit The Most Iconic Plantation In Louisiana Before They Die
Louisiana has countless plantations peppered throughout the state, each one more fascinating than the next. This particular plantation could easily be the most iconic plantation in Louisiana, and everyone should visit it before they die.
You’ve probably seen this iconic photo.
Easily one of the most recognizable plantations in Louisiana, Oak Alley is a mesmerizing Greek Revival-style plantation built in 1837 known for its double row of 28 ancient oak trees.
Fun fact, the 300-year old oak trees actually predate the plantation itself.
The trees were planted in the early 18th century, and the plantation wasn’t built until 1837.
The plantation was originally built to grow sugarcane.
French Creole Valcour Aime, who was nicknamed the "King of Sugar," purchased the Land in 1830 and sold the property to his brother-in-law Jacques Telesphore Roman, who began building the plantation seen today. Originally called the "Bon Sejour" plantation, construction was completed in 1839.
One of the most notable figures of this iconic plantation was a slave named Antoine.
An expert grafter of pecan trees, Antoine was able to produce a variety of pecans that could be cracked with your bare hands. This innovative creation was nicknamed the "paper shell" pecan and won a prize in the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Eventually, Antoine’s prized pecan trees were cleared in order to make room for more sugar cane fields after the Civil War. There was another grove planted at Anita Plantation nearby, but a flood in 1990 destroyed all that remained of these unique pecan trees.
During your guided tour, you’ll learn all about the history of this fascinating property.
You’ll hear about the many different owners the plantation has had over the years, the sugar cane industry, slavery, and so much more.
It's truly quite the experience.
Everyone should put this iconic plantation on their bucket list.
If you’d like, you can even stay in the cottages for a truly relaxing weekend.
Located right on the property, you can spend your days strolling through the beautiful grounds and then retreat back to the quiet setting of these charming, century-old cottages.
And the grounds are truly spectacular.
Take a peaceful walk underneath the canopies of ancient oaks, stroll through the 1920s formal garden, and gaze out at the pastures and sugar cane fields for a truly reflective experience.
You’ll have everything you need to make your stay as relaxing as possible.
From wi-fi to board games, you’re in for a truly memorable weekend where you can sit back, relax, and clear your mind for a few days.
You can find Oak Alley at 3645 Hwy. 18, Vacherie, Louisiana 70090.
Have you ever been? Let us know in the comments below!
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