Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, St. James Parish, Louisiana
Established in 1830 by Jacques & Celine Roman, Oak Alley was a large sugar cane plantation that flourished along the banks of the Mississippi River at the height of slavery in the US. Jacques died of tuberculosis in 1848 and his widow, Celine, did not have the skill to manage the estate. Her excessive spending and mis-management nearly bankrupted the Plantation. Her son, Henri, took over but with the end of slavery and the end of the Civil War the plantation went into decline. In 1866 the plantation was sold to his uncle, John Armstrong.
The large estate continued to decline and in 1925 it was sold to Andrew Stewart as a gift to his wife. Stewart began a restoration to the Plantation. He also turned Oak Alley into a cattle ranch operation similar to this experience on a Texas ranch. They occupied the house until the death of Josephine Stewart in 1972. She left the house and grounds to the Oak Alley Foundation which opened them up to the public.
The oaks are around 300 years old.
The architecture is Greek Revival with a square floor plan. It has a hallway that runs from front to back.
It was constructed of bricks which were made on site.
Perhaps the most famous person from Oak Alley was a slave by the name of Antoine, who master the art of grafting trees. It was through his skills that we have the paper shell pecan today.
Hollywood has used Oak Alley as a backdrop of many movies which include;
Beyoncé's "Déjà Vu" Music Video and "B'Day" CD insert photos
Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte
Dixie: Changing Habits
Days of our Lives
The Long Hot Summer