Monday, March 26, 2012

Oak Alley Plantation

The day after I visited New Orleans I went west to check out a place called Oak Alley Plantation in the countryside. It is a sugar plantation that is still actively growing sugar cane and the plantation house has been restored to what it looked like during the 19th century.

The plantation house flanked by two old oak trees.
The grounds of the plantation are very beautiful with the rows of old oak trees in front of and behind the house. Some of these trees are over 300 years old and were planted long before the plantation existed. I'm sure all the shade they offered help keep cool on hot summer days. They definitely made things more comfortable on a sunny day in March when I visited.

"Oak Alley" as viewed from the mansion.
A cat roams around under the shade.
Of course being a plantation in the South during the 19th century did mean that there were slaves working the sugar fields. There was a display showing how much each slave was valued at the time. It is crazy to think that the life of a person can be as low as $25. After the war ended the plantation still continued operating, only without slave labor.

Some of the prices of the plantation slaves.
Slave quarters are being reconstructed for a future exhibit to show how slaves lived on the plantation.

Replica of a civil war army tent.
Inside the plantation house everything is furnished and decorated just as it was in the 19th century. Most pieces are recreations of the period as most of the original belongings are either too out of shape or have just gone elsewhere in the change of ownership over time. Most of the belongings are typical of any historic home you might visit, but one thing that did stand out was this large fan over the dining room table used to keep people cool. I hope they oiled that thing well back in the day because when they showed how it worked it was a bit noisy.

The big fan above the dining room table.
Children's bed with netting over it to keep mosquitoes out.
The plantation office.
I have been in plenty of historic homes before, but it is good to get the chance to see something a little different than places on the East coast. I loved the look of the trees around the home though and can see why this place seems so popular. This location was actually used for the movie "Interview With The Vampire" which I am sure just about everyone has seen. Many other movies and TV shows have been filmed here as well, so some of the pictures I have taken may seem familiar. I have more pictures available at the following link:

A couple of Ford Model A cars. Not from the 19th century but still pretty cool to see.

1 comment:

  1. Love it! We've some new exhibits and completed the 'Slavery at Oak Alley' exhibit.