Oakley Plantation is an example of American expansion into Spanish and French Louisiana. Original owners were awarded a land grant from the King of Spain and staked their fortune on cotton farming. The style of the main house was based primarily on what the original owner had grown up with (Federal style; aka 'colonial') coupled with his ideas of 'improvements' to accomodate the terrain and the climate. The West Indies' influence remains a unique architectural feature (especially the jalousied upper porch) not repeated in the more familiar Greek revival and 'classic' styles exhibited by other plantation manor homes. Oakley's simplicity and functionality stand in stark contrast to the ostentation and pretention of more traditional Creole plantation manor 'homes'.
The grounds and buildings are well maintained--good parking, mostly easy walking access (the paths are strewn with pea-gravel; not sure how well that works with wheel chairs). The house and outbuildings require some ability to climb stairs.
Spring blooms must be spectacular--end of March is the end of bloom time for the azaleas and bulb plants.
Entry fees is extremely modest; there is an interpretive center (small museum); the grounds, outbuildings; and a guided tour of the main structure.
Interesting way to spend a quiet afternoon with family, small children, or by yourself.