From its 28 Oaks to its open spaces, to its hidden nooks and crannies, Oak Alley’s Landscape tells the story of a plantation in its evolution. Wide pastures stand where a Pecan Grove once thrived. A 1920’s formal garden quietly preserves the remains of a 1830’s kitchen hidden under its turf. As a landscape that speaks truthfully of its past with the parts that remain, it offers visitors an unrestricted opportunity to detach, contemplate and imagine. (Insider tip: Come early before the crowds)
The Slavery Exhibit
Oak Alley as a sugar plantation was built by and relied on enslaved men, women and children. This self-guided exhibit focuses on some of the individuals who were owned and kept on the plantation, their lives and living conditions. It also includes a look into life after emancipation, as laborers continued to live in the increasingly squalid housing until the 20th century. The exhibit also serves as one of our Conversation Series locations, where staff offer a variety of talks on all things Oak Alley.
(Insider’s tip: No time restrictions so feel free to allow at least an hour for this exhibit)
The "Big House"
Plantation mansions were called “Big Houses” referencing their relative difference in stature compared to the enslaved dwellings and other outbuildings that made up the sugar plantation complex. The ‘Big House’ at Oak Alley is no exception. Built with success, prestige and power in mind, the Oak Alley ‘Big House’ commands attention. (Insider’s tip: if a person in your party is unable to climb stairs, be sure to let your interpreter know. The 2nd floor portion of the visit is available on Ipad is available for guests who an not travel to the second floor. Please also note that while photography is not permitted inside the mansion, visitors are encouraged to take photos on the balcony.) Interior images can be found here.
The East & West Gardens
Over time, several gardens and ornamental plantings were established by the many residents of Oak Alley. The sprawling lawns and open pastures dotted with mature trees, ornamental gardens and agriculture crops have come to define the character of Oak Alley's landscape. Visitors have had the opportunity to witness many of these but most notably the formal gardens and alley of oaks. Opportunities exist to weave these elements together into a tapestry of history and cultural landscape.
The Sugarcane Theatre
The Blacksmith Shop
This forge is tribute to the enduring legacy of Louisiana craftsmen and shares the history of forging metalwork on plantations.
- Roman Family Tombstone
- 200 Years of People of Oak Alley
- Stewart Family Graveyard