It's more than a house. It's a majestic place by the Mighty Mississippi River where 300 year old oak trees have held root through times of prosperity and through times of suffering. Wander twenty five acres of history & romance, regret & rebirth, tragedy & triumph. Explore the historic grounds and see the legacies left by the Romans, the Stewarts and others who made an impact on this iconic landscape. Nowhere in the South is there a more spectacular setting! “In the beginning…” there were the trees! Oak Alley's allee' has been inspiring residents and visitors for centuries. Over 300 years old, who planted them remains one of the plantation's greatest mysteries…… Once used as an navigational tool for river captains on the Mississippi River, this iconic landscape is identified by the quarter mile alley of 28 Virginia live oaks planted in two equal rows spaced 80' apart leading to the river. The live oak, noted for its size, beauty and hardiness, derives its name from the fact that it is evergreen, shedding its old leaves only as new ones emerge. Indigenous to the southern coastal regions of the United States, it thrives with little or no care. It has long been considered one of the most beautiful trees in America, a symbol of elegance of the Old South, and is much admired for its thick, strong trunks and long limbs that stretch farther sideways than upward. Live Oaks produce acorns that are oval-shaped, about an inch in length, and mature in one growing season – often in great abundance. The thick, oval-shaped, evergreen leaves of the Live Oak are shiny and dark green on top and lighter green underneath. The thin bark of young Live Oak trees is dark to light gray in color, becoming thicker and darker as the tree matures. With mature heights reaching up to 75 feet and canopy spreads up to 100 feet it is a broad, massive tree that is often wider than it is tall at maturity. While Spanish moss is often found draped over the branches of mature live oaks, Oak Alley’s trees do not and that, too, remains a mystery. For a truly memorable stay, break free from hotel chains and the hustle and bustle of the city and book a cottage with us. Stay in the privacy of your very own cottage where you will have all the amenities and will feel at home. Arrive early to acquaint yourself with your surroundings. Enjoy a tranquil evening strolling the stately grounds and imagining what it was like to live here in the 1800’s feeling like you have the place all to yourselves. Watch the "Mighty Mississippi" river roll by, wondering what was on mind of folks such as Mark Twain. Even order a meal in, so you won't have to leave this amazing setting. Wake refreshed and enjoy a full country breakfast. Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening at one of the most spectacular settings in the world. Why not come and enjoy her beauty and dream of her rich past. Over the years, many wonderful and fascinating individuals have had a hand in shaping a dream for Oak Alley ... some tried and won, some tried and lost, others just tried and gave up. Still, they all had one thing in common ... they CARED enough to try. Most of them are gone now, leaving only bits and pieces of the whole story ... yellowed documents in parish archives, remembrances shared from generation to generation, a letter or two, a faded photograph yet, most important of all, Oak Alley herself. Oak Alley's adaptive restoration in 1925 by her new owners, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stewart, was the first example of ante-bellum restoration along the River Road. Through the years, Oak Alley was the scene of many events affecting those who had given her a second chance at survival in the struggle against time and the elements. Josephine Stewart outlived her husband by 26 years and, shortly before her death on October 3, 1972, created a non-profit foundation, which would be known as the Oak Alley Foundation, in order that the home and 25 acres of grounds would remain open for all to share. - See more at: http://www.oakalleyplantation.com/learn-explore#sthash.zNYkaZAA.dpuf
It is an amazing, magical place. My husband and I were married here. There are small houses that you can rent and stay on the plantation. The food is really good. It's a relaxing place.
Admission includes a tour of the big house as well as the ability to give yourself a self guided tour and wander the grounds. Very beautiful place and informative tour includes a list of all films, television shows and music videos filmed at this location. Well worth the visit.
Guided plantation tour is for the "big house" only, the slave quarters is a self tour. Anthony was our big house guide and he was very knowledgeable about their lifestyle and the history of the home. 4 stars, not 5 because of the Confederate portion. It's obvious it does not have much tie to the home and seems a desperate draw and yet there's a guide for that area as well.
tour of the house was weak and tour guides are just annoying highschool students.
grounds were beautiful though. but not worth going out of your way for
The oak trees are amazing but the house isn't anything real special, especially if you've been to other plantations or houses of that era.
Was definitely worth the trip. About 1.5 hrs outside of New Orleans. The house and the trees were beautiful. Very informative signs and tour
Great historical info and great tour. Great photo opps.
Only go for the oak trees. Tour of the house was disappointing.
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