Oak Alley Plantation Tour
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Operates daily at 12pm, reservations are required. Closed New Year's Day, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
Tour Participation Requirements
“The world changes, we do not, there lies the irony that finally kills us”. That may be true for the vampires in the classic cult film, Interview With A Vampire, but not of this classic, old world plantation. A location steeped in history, Oak Alley plantation is among the most picturesque locales in the south. Located halfway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge it was a main source of sugar cane for much of the south. Operated by Jacques Roman, the plantation's main mansion was completed in 1839, utilizing slave labor. The plantation fell into disrepair after the death of Roman, and his wife's mismanagement of the business, producing a special type of pecan. Economic hardship due to the American Civil War eventually forced the family to sell the property at auction.
During your 45 minute narrated guided tour by period costumed guides, you'll see how a successful sugar cane plantation ran and operated, and how Oak Alley stood out among other Antebellum plantations in the area. During the 45-minute guided tour, you'll embark on a journey back hundreds of years, as you learn about the process of growing sugar cane, and pecans (a crop that was later added to the plantation). You will tour the estate, expertly preserved and restored to its former glory, in an attempt to educate you on the manner in which the wealthy southern population lived during the American Civil War.
Oak Alley is also famed for its ties to the movie industry. As one of the most picturesque locations in all of the United States, it has been utilized on multiple occasions by Hollywood studios. It served as the backdrop for “Interview with a Vampire”, starring Brad Pitt. It was also utilized as a filming location for “Primary Colors”, “Ghost Hunters” and “Django Unchained”. Your costumed tour guide will point out other important silver screen locations during your personal tour.
Antoine and Pecan Trees
Antoine, an enslaved worker at Oak Alley plantation, is credited with the creation of the Centennial Variety Pecan. According to local documents, Antoine was an expert grafter and gardener. He spent several years trying out different grafting techniques before he created a pecan that had a shell so thin it could be cracked with the hand. It won a price at the 1876 Centennial Exposition, and the trees can be found on the plantation's property as well as throughout Louisiana.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.