The Grande Dame of the Great River Road
Come enjoy her beauty & dream of her rich past! At the time Oak Alley was built, the River Region sugar industry was flourishing, and a chain of stately plantation homes lined the banks of the Mississippi. Too many of these since have been devoured by the passage of time, exposure to the elements and mankind's struggle to move one, but Oak Alley remains as a testimonial to the old South's golden age. There is a simple authenticity about her grandeur that reassures and frees the mind to contemplate and appreciate all facets of her existence. She offers the enchantment of one way of life without compromising the significance of another. Here indeed is something for everyone.
Over the years, many wonderful and fascinating individuals have had a hand in shaping a dream for Oak Alley ... some tried and won , some tried and lost, others just tried and gave up. Still, they all had one thing in common ... they CARED enough to try. Most of them are gone now, leaving only bits and pieces of the whole story ... yellowed documents in parish archives, remembrances shared from generation to generation, a letter or two, a faded photograph yet, most important of all, Oak Alley herself.
Oak Alley's adaptive restoration in 1925 by her new owners, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stewart, was the first example of ante-bellum restoration along the River Road. Through the years, Oak Alley was the scene of many events affecting those who had given her a second chance at survival in the struggle against time and the elements.
Josephine Stewart outlived her husband by 26 years and, shortly before her death on October 3, 1972, created a non-profit foundation, which would be known as the Oak Alley Foundation, in order that the home and 25 acres of grounds would remain open for all to share.
Hours Open: 9am - 5pm daily
Time Period Represented: 1839
Seasons Open: All year, except New Year's Day, Mardi Gras Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Visitor Fees: Adults (19 yrs & older) $20.00, Youth (13 to 18 yrs old) $7.50, Children (6 to 12 yrs old) $4.50
• Enjoy a professionally guided tour of the Big House
• Explore 25 historic acres using an interpretive map (self guided) and see the legacies left by those who once resided here
• Visit the Civil War Encampment and video kiosk
• Witness the reconstructed slave quarters and learn about those who made plantation luxuries possible in the Slavery at Oak Alley Exhibit.
• See newly planted pecan trees commemorating Antoine, an enslaved gardener who grafted the first paper shell pecan
• Visit the blacksmith shop which houses the plantation's original forge
• Stroll the magnificent alley of 300 year old live oak trees leading a quarter mile to the Mississippi River
• Dine on Cajun/Creole Cuisine in our restaurant or enjoy a quick snack or ice cream in the parlor
• Discover keepsakes and unique gifts in our Gift Shop
• Stay the night in one of our overnight cottages located on the grounds of the plantation
The guided tour of the Big House is offered on the hour & 1/2 hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. and conducted by an historical interpreter in period dress.
The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
The gift shop and café are open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.