Oak Alley Plantation is a national historic landmark named after the 300-year-old alley of oak trees surrounding the property. The estate established in the 1800’ as a sugarcane plantation by a rich family who owned more than 100 enslaved men, women, and children.
Throughout the years, the plantation survived multiple owners, until the 1920’, Maria Josephine Armstrong Stewart, the last owner of the property, willed the estate to the Oak Alley Foundation with the purpose of maintaining and preserving its history. It was restored and became a historic site dedicated to preserving the stories of the people who lived there.
Visit the original mansion, enter the rooms and learn about life in the antebellum south. Hear the stories of the residents, owners, and slaves, and discover the difference between plantation slaves and house slaves.
The original furniture will give an illustration of the life held at the plantation, in prosperity, during wartime, and financial struggles.
Stroll the grand alley of oaks which connects between the main house and the road, and if you are sensitive to paranormal activities, you may have a visit from a friendly ghost. Don’t miss the permanent exhibits, including the Civil War exhibit and the Slavery at Oak Alley exhibit, and taste the local cuisine at the restaurant. If you want to get the full experience, you can stay overnight or take home a souvenir from the gift shop.
Another option to visit the plantation is by joining a guided tour which provides transportation from the city.