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Address: 350 Oakleigh Place, Mobile, AL
Phone Number: +1 251-432-6161
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Description: Built by Virginian cotton broker, James W. Roper in 1833, Oakleigh is a...
Built by Virginian cotton broker, James W. Roper in 1833, Oakleigh is a remarkable example of historic preservation, as it has been adapted and preserved by the four families who lived here. As one of the first major residences to be built outside of the city limits, historians cite Oakleigh as one of the rarest examples of Greek revival architecture in the United States. And our tour is just as distinct- come experience it today.
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Definitely should be on your list when in Mobile

I have been to a lot of house museums, and the quality of interpretation can be pretty sporadic. This place is definitely among the most professional I've been to. Great guided... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Alabama
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117 reviews 117 reviews
54 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I have been to a lot of house museums, and the quality of interpretation can be pretty sporadic. This place is definitely among the most professional I've been to. Great guided tours, fascinating history and beautiful grounds. Worth a visit.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Oakleigh House was included in an historic homes tour of Mobile, an annual Historic Mobile Preservation Society fund raiser. We toured it on a horrendous, stormy day. The Oakleigh neighborhood first welcomes you with beautiful, well kept homes along narrow, quiet streets. Some of those streets were filling with water in the rain but none went so far as to... More 

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Central Oregon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My wife is from Mobile and still has family there. We love the Oakleigh neighborhood. The Oakleigh house is beautiful and offers a timeless classic look for early Mobile. Take the tour of the house and make sure to take either your own foot tour of the neighborhood or pay for the LoDa. Whatever you do, feel free to talk... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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185 reviews 185 reviews
97 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The tour of Oakleigh House was very good. Our guide was dressed in a period costume which added to the charm of our visit. We were taken through two houses on the property and told the stories of the owners, some of the furnishings and the portraits. We were fortunate to arrive at 3:00pm because this is when the last... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We enjoyed the walk from downtown to this house, and loved walking around the area. Our guide was wonderful. There was a few things to purchase in the gift shop.. but I think it would do them good to expand on what they had. It is 10.00 to see the large house, and the smaller house is included. I believe... More 

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Edgewater, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Our tour guide, Barbara Ann, was excellent. She was just out of colleges and full of enthusiasm and was well informed about the history of the home and grounds. Over the years most of the original owners belongings and personal items had been sold. She was able to point out what items from the former owners were on display. The... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is probably one of the most memorable tours we've ever had. Our tour guide, Noel, was very sweet and knowledgeable! She made our tour so much fun and you could tell she really loves what she does! Also, the tour guide ladies wear 1800s style dresses, so this makes the house seem more "alive". They take their time answering... More 

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Leasburg, Missouri
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14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We enjoyed our visit with the tour guide; he tried really hard to give us wonderful tour but unfortunately we had a family with three undisciplined children on our tour. He did offer us the opportunity to stay longer after they left to answer questions or revisit some of the areas. the cookies and lemonade were a nice touch and... More 

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Fairhope, Alabama
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115 reviews 115 reviews
60 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a great example of what a mansion of a cotton merchant looked like in the antebellum period. The docents are great in explaining the history of the house and the people who lived there. There is also a cottage included in the tour which is where an average working family would live. Many of the furnishings are original... More 

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Gadsden, Alabama
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I think this is a beautiful well kept historical home. We could not take pictures which was a little disappointing but I guess that's their rules. Would have liked to had more slower tour not rushed but overall good tour.

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