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Historic Oakleigh House

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Address: 350 Oakleigh Pl, Mobile, AL 36604-2910
Phone Number: +1 251-432-6161
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Beautiful Home - Great Tour!

We had a wonderful time on our tour. We came in on a Saturday a few minutes after the hour and we're still able to get on the 11 o'clock tour. My sister and I both had our young... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 2, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful time on our tour. We came in on a Saturday a few minutes after the hour and we're still able to get on the 11 o'clock tour. My sister and I both had our young children with us which may have been a bit too young for the tour (toddlers) the staff was very understanding and... More 

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Drake, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

Oakleigh House is another example of a fine Mobile home from before the Civil War. A great way to spend an hour or so, and the entire neighborhood is filled with historic homes. The tour guides need work. Our tour was disappointing and we missed many of the finest features because the girls seemed to be rather disinterested. Still a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

We arrived after lunch to tour the house and grounds with a family group that included children in elementary school. Because all of their group tours begin on the hour and we arrived about 20 minutes after the previous one began, we had to wait awhile for the next tour. There are a couple of museum type exhibits that guests... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

After driving through the Oakleigh District with its marvelous oak trees, we arrived at the house. We were pleased to catch the 2 p.m. tour, the last of the day. Our guide was a fast-talking, interesting Mobile native. As we visited the high-ceilinged rooms, we learned the stories of the owners of this place. It was built in 1833 by... More 

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Heber City, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Interesting to take a glimpse into history through this home. Wonderful to see what the wealthy in the deep south had in their homes. My favorite part are the stories of the people who lived there and the portraits found on the walls. Especially the picture of the man panted after death and it looks like his face is weird.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2016

The guides are knowledgeable and I enjoyed our visit to Oakleigh House. The whole experience was full of good info about Mobile.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2016

I was priveleged to have a special event at the House. They served us tea and then we were given a tour of the house. They tour was very interesting and I learned a lot about Mobile's history.

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Humboldt, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

Volunteer docent and guide. The gentleman we had for our 1 hour tour was very knowledgeable. Front porch under a major refurbishment so entry through side door. That did not create a problem for us though. Hope we will be able to visit again when work is complete.

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CHicago, IL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016

The docent focused on the families that lived in this house with little to no talk of the architecture and the history of the era. I would have loved to know more about what was happening in Mobile at the various times in the history of the house and no talk of the slaves. I expected more.

1 Thank CynthiainChicago
Melanie T, Manager at Historic Oakleigh House, responded to this review

Cynthia- thank you for your feedback. The tour script actually goes into the history of the different eras, especially the role that urban slavery played in the development of Mobile. It could be that we need to work on our docent training. Some docents are still uncomfortable talking about some of the content. I would love to speak with you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2016

This group of buildings includes the well restored antebellum mansion and a Creole raised cottage as well as a home depicting life in Mobile following emancipation. I enjoyed visiting the various buildings and learning more about life during that era.

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