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Oak Alley Plantation
Vacherie, Louisiana


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Sugar cane is still an important crop in Louisiana

Sugar cane is still an important crop in Louisiana

The antebellum wealth of the lower Mississippi valley was founded on the cultivation of sugar cane. Despite plant disease and massive economic changes it remains a major crop along the lower river.

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Recreated slaves' quarters at Oak Alley

Recreated slaves' quarters at Oak Alley

In an effort to present a broader view of life on the old plantation, two rows of slaves' quarters have been constructed at Oak Alley. The "Slavery at Oak Alley" displays describe the lifestyle and environment of these plantation laborers.

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Oak Alley slave cabins

Oak Alley slave cabins

The recreated slave's quarters flank the central alignment of the plantation and its oak alley. The huge metal bowl was used in early days for boiling cane syrup to produce crystalline sugar.

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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The back alley at Oak Alley

The back alley at Oak Alley

There is a second double line of live oaks at Oak Alley. The famous alley in front of the house was planted before the mansion was built, but a second one was planted much later, behind the house.

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Facade of Oak Alley

Facade of Oak Alley

A grand plantation house in the Greek Revival style, Oak Alley's facade features 28 Doric columns that surround the square building on all four sides. Tours of the interior, one of which is seen here on the balcony, are offered year around.

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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The alley of oaks at Oak Alley

The alley of oaks at Oak Alley

Two rows of fourteen oaks each, spaced eighty feet apart, were planted by an unknown person in the early eighteenth century. The alley stretches 800 feet from the river to the mansion.

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Southern live oaks at Oak Alley

Southern live oaks at Oak Alley

These are Southern live oaks, Quercus virginia, native to the southeastern US. The largest of the oaks, seen here, is named Josephine Armstrong Stewart and has a girth of 30 feet (9 meters) and a spread of 127 feet (39 meters). Each tree is protected by an individual lightning rod.

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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The classic Southern plantation view

The classic Southern plantation view

The combination of ancient oaks, magnificent mansion, and grand symmetry make Oak Alley the most uniquely striking image of a Southern plantation.

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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