|Marilyn in front of some of the 28 Virginia Live Oaks|
that give Oak Alley Plantation its name.
Our first stop was at the aptly named Oak Alley Plantation. In addition to a tour of the house, we went through a rather elaborate and realistic history of slavery on this particular sugar plantation. The stories were very specific including one about a slave man who was given his freedom but continued to work on the plantation and saved up enough money to buy his wife when he was 70 and she was 60. He continued to live and work on the plantation for two reasons. There was very little opportunity for him to do anything else and their two sons continued in slavery until the end of the Civil War. He was listed in a federal census as living on the plantation at age 100.
The Oak Alley name came from the 28 Virginia Live Oaks that predated the house (built in 1835) by over 100 years. No one knows who planted the trees. If there had been a previous house, there is no record of it. In 1775 there was a reference to the trees but not a house. By the way, house was built by a husband to lure his young wife away from New Orleans to life on a plantation.
|Laura Plantation house|
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