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“It's okay; but Rosedown, Myrtles are more 'spectacular'”
Review of Oakley Plantation

Oakley Plantation
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

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.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Oakley House is a treasure of a plantation. It is unique in design because it reflects some West Indies plantations with some uniqueness of its own. The grounds and outer buildings are interesting and worth the effort to spend some extra time there. The welcome center is relatively new, comfortable and provides a nice overview of both the home and life in the early 19th century of Louisiana. The price is extraordinary at $4 a person, but seniors 62+ and 12 and under get in free. The tour itself covers the whole house and is quite informative. For special needs visitors there really is not any ability to see the building except for the first floor. There are many furnishings original to the house and several first addition Audubon prints. The site is worth a special trip and quite a bargain to boot

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed the tour of the Oakley house which lasted about 40 minutes. We were the only 2 on the tour so it was more enjoyable than being with a group of strangers. The lady conducting the tour was very knowledgeable about the history of the place which is over 200 years old. Following this tour, we wandered around the plantation and browsed through the slave quarters and other buildings. It was a good way to spend a couple of hours.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

My grandmother and I love this plantation. The grounds are just lovely and have plenty of space to picnic. Guided tours are informative and full of wealthy knowledge. Their is a garden that leads to a path to bird watch. I never found a place so peaceful than watching birds with my grandmother here. In the back of the grounds there is a barn with chickens. I just love this place. You will too.

Thank L C
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Oakley is a charming plantation. I loved the louvered shutters on the sleeping porch. The entire home had charming details. I can only imagine what life was like back in its heyday.
The grounds were lovely as well and the informative museum like entry building, filled with the detailed history and artifacts of the original owners and life there, was a wonderful asset to the tour of this home.

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