Historic Oakleigh House

Historic Oakleigh House, Mobile: Hours, Address, Historic Oakleigh House Reviews: 4.5/5

Historic Oakleigh House
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Rocky R
Alpena, MI343 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Great example of more urban Greek Revival antebellum architecture. The historical society has done a stupendous job restoring and representing life from antebellum times linearly right up until the home was donated to the city of Mobile in 1955. For history buffs, there are many examples of architectural features or artifacts you just do not see in any other historical homes. A must see to add to your knowledge and awe.
Written January 5, 2022
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,531 contributions
May 2021
I went by after looking at the website, but there was an event so no tours were offered. I took a few pictures of the exterior. I would recommend calling before you go. There is a small parking lot at the end of the street.
Written June 5, 2021
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Jincognito
Gainesville, FL645 contributions
Apr 2021
It was closed. There was nothing on the webpage to tell us that it was going to be closed, and we arrived at 10 a.m. There was a young lady there who was working there and so was as confused as we were, but texted someone who said it was closed because of the weather. What weather? There was rain forecast, but what better day to go to a museum house? I would check before I go next time!
Written April 23, 2021
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Wild Bill
Tennessee13 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We were grateful for this tour not only due to the stunningly simple but beautiful architecture but also because of the extensive knowledge of the host! The contextual information covered by our historian host made the story of the home, as well as the region, come alive. My wife and I highly recommend visiting this site: all COVID precautions were followed.
Written October 14, 2020
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Shirley S
3 contributions
Feb 2020
Tour only starts on the hour, and no one is allowed without the tour guide. Overpriced for the tour, and they no longer accept veterans discounts, even though the brochure says they do. The tour started on the porch outside the home, and proceeded through the second floor. Had a musty smell, and was not as clean and pristine as other homes we viewed. Tour guide sounded like a recording, and didn't know the answers to any questions posed to him.
Written February 27, 2020
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Shirley, we are sorry you did not enjoy your visit at Historic Oakleigh House Museum. If you still have questions that are unanswered, please reach out to management at manager@historicoakleigh.org.
Written February 28, 2020
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NorthShoreGal826
Highland Park, IL51 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We arrived at 20-of. Pretty small house and no one was there. Just the tour guide and manager. They said the tour starts on the hour. Could I do a self tour? I will pay the $10. No. They did let me walk around the first floor. Just know this if you want to visit. Not worth waiting for us.
Written January 15, 2020
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Liamsmamo
Stuart, FL230 contributions
Oct 2019
The guides were very good and tried hard. They seemed to have memorized the facts. Was surprised that it seemed to be small. The family all lived on the second floor with three bedrooms and two large parlor/dining rooms. The outside stairs are unique. They are a quarter turn with no support underneath......the reason that they are now unusable and being repaired. what was a 33 acre plantation is now about a 3 acre old mansion. If one has time it's worth visiting the surrounding neighborhood and this house. Go down the short residential street in front of the house's entrance and look at the beautiful trees stretching across the road.
Written October 20, 2019
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M4672OLannd
Mobile, AL26 contributions
Jul 2019
Oakleigh is a true home from Mobile's rich history. The rooms are full of antiques from the era and the "dames" are dressed in the era as well. It's easy to appreciate the art and structure of days gone by. There's also a gift shop to buy souvenirs from your visit.
Written August 11, 2019
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Lillete Spears
1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Family
My family and I are visiting from Virginia, and we stopped by the Oakleigh house just by chance. We had 2 Oakleigh Bells in antebellum dresses give us a tour. They were so informed and engaging. We brought our children (7 and 13) and they even enjoyed our time at Oakleigh. The tour guides were friendly and made sure the children were involved. The house was beautiful and the tour was informative. My only disappointment was that we didn’t get to see much of downstairs. I would highly recommend Oakleigh to anyone that finds themselves in Mobile.
Written June 11, 2019
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Joe J
Pickens, SC72 contributions
May 2019 • Family
The tour consisted of 4 or so rooms upstairs, the bottom floor was a large gift shop. Very nice home but overrated for the price
Written June 8, 2019
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM