Oak Alley Plantation!

Oak Alley Plantation
What is it? Oak Alley Plantation was the home and sugarcane plantation of Jacques and Celina Roman!
What makes it historical? After purchasing the plantation from Valcour Aime in 1836, Jacques Roman arranged for this magnificent home to be built in order to coax his new wife, Celina, to leave her beloved New Orleans for a more “pious” existence in the countryside! Here, they would welcome guests with slices of pineapple imported from the Caribbean, and leave a whole pineapple to let them know when it was time to move on!

The Romans considered themselves French citizens, though the US had purchased Louisiana Territory 33 years earlier. Jacques’ brother, Andre, served two terms as Louisiana’s governor, and his brother-in-law, Valcour, was the “Sugar King of Louisiana!”

Their lavish lifestyle was built, both literally and figuratively, on the backs of their many slaves, who lived in cooplike shacks just south of the main house. They built the home, worked the fields, and even operated a giant fan over the table to keep the flies away! One of them, named Antoine, was a master grafter, the first in America to successfully graft a pecan tree! His Centennial varietal was also known as the “paper-shell” pecan, because its shell was thin enough to be cracked by one’s bare hands! It won a prize at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, but the last of his original trees were washed away in a flood of nearby Anita Plantation in 1990.

How can I Help the Helpers? HERE’S HOW:

  • Pay the entrance fee to help maintain trails, signs, structures, and other visitor services!
  • Become a member of the Friends of Oak Alley!
  • Donate to the Oak Alley Foundation!
  • Be a responsible visitor! Please respect the signs and pathways, and treat all structures and artifacts with respect. They’ve endured a lot to survive into the present. They’ll need our help to make it into the future!
Where is this place? 3645 LA-18
Vacherie, LA 70090

From Baton Rouge: ~54mi (87km) — 0.9hrs
From Monroe: ~240mi (387km) — 4hrs
From New Orleans: ~54mi (87km) — 0.9hrs
From Shreveport: ~297mi (478km) — 5hrs

When should I go? From March to October, the plantation is open daily from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM! The rest of the year, it’s open from 9:00 until 4:30 PM on weekdays, and until 5:00 on weekends!

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation

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