Oak Alley Plantation Tour
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- Oak Alley Plantation: Once an active, working southern plantation and dubbed the “Grande Dame of the Great River Road”, this landmark embodies the south with its traditional look and feel.
- Plantation education 101: Learn how plantations ran in an era before modern convenience. During the height of the sugar industry plantations popped up all along the banks of the Mississippi.
- Famous movie sets: See the filming locations from famous movies, including “Interview with a Vampire” starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, which widely featured New Orleans culture.
About this New Orleans, Louisiana tour
“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.
Please make your way to Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office located at Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River in the French Quarter.
Videotaping is not allowed inside the Big House. For safety reasons, the use of drones or any aerial photography device is not permitted.
Closed New Year's Day, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
Grounds and first floor of mansion are handicap accessible. Guests unable to climb the stairs to the second floor, an iPad with headphones is available to watch a video. An historical interpreter is available to assist with iPad & questions
Family Friendly, Tickets, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Children 5 years of age and under participate free of charge.
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.
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