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Oak Alley Plantation, A Beautiful Place to Visit…Up The Mississippi River to Vacherie from New Orleans

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Oak Ally Plantation 1

     The Oak Alley Plantation sits on the Mississippi River about an hours drive to Vacherie, Louisiana from New Orleans. The Greek Revival Plantation was constructed in 1837-1839.  What makes it famous is the 300 year old oak trees that lead from the front door to the Mississippi River about a quarter of a mile away.

    You will always remember the photos that you take at the Oak Alley Plantation Rain or Shine. You may even remember seeing the Plantation is several movies.

      Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as Interview with a VampirePrimary Colors, and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, Days of our Lives.

Oak Ally Porch

Oak Ally in the rain...

Oaks at Oak Alley Plantation

Ormond Plantation in Destrehan, Early West Indes Style Plantation 1790!

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Ormond Plantation in Destrehan

    Ormond Plantation  was completed shortly before 1790 and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. d’Trepagnier and their children. d’Trepagnier began growing indigo, and then sugar cane, and the Plantation began to prosper.  At the time Louisiana was under Spanish Rule.  It has been owned by a lot of different families over its 220 year history.

    The house is built in the “Louisiana Colonial” style for plantations, which is modeled after the great sugar plantations of the West Indies.  It is on the Mississippi River upriver from New Orleans in Destrehan in St. Charles Parish.  The levee did not exist  in those days so the Mississippi River was in the front yard.  The plantations were built on high ground and when the river did overflow the water went into the swamp which is behind the plantation.

Ormond Plantation by the Mississippi River 

Up the Mississippi River from New Orleans! Destrehan Plantation dating from 1787.

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Destrehan Plantation in St. Charles Parish

        No trip to New Orleans would be complete without visiting some of the oldest homes in America.  This is on my way from my house to my son’s house in Destrehan.  It is the oldest documented planatation home in the lower Mississippi River Valley.  That is 222 years old.