We stopped at Oak Alley Plantation on our way home from New Orleans. There are quite a few plantations about an hour outside New Orleans that you can visit and tour. We always seem to be tired and ready to get home so haven’t had to time to go inside any of them yet. I love the buildings and grounds, but plan on making more trips back to spend more time exploring the past. Oak Alley is where Interview with a Vampire was filmed and we missed it on our trip in the spring so I had to see it this time. There is a quarter of a mile alley of Virginia Live Oaks that lead to the house. I can just imagine a horse and buggy driving between the oaks and pulling up to the front entrance.
Oak Alley was built in the 1830’s. It is still a working Sugarcane Plantation today.
The Plantation Bell was the communication system for the plantation. Each ring had a different meaning. The Oak Alley Bell was cast in 1848 and is still used to signal the guided tours beginning.
Above is a fire extinguisher that was used on plantations. I’m not sure exactly how effective it might have been.
After looking at all the sites stop by the Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant and have some lunch. Our Pecan Pie had more pecans that pie in it. The menu tells what page each item can be found on in the Plantation’s Cookbook. Everything we ate was so good that we came home with that cookbook. Now I have to see if I can do it justice.
There are some beautiful Plantations about an hour outside for New Orleans off of I10. We only got to see two and were so exhausted from our weekend in New Orleans that we didn’t take any of the tours. Here are some of the pictures that we took. I hope you enjoy.
The first is the Bocage Plantation which is a Bed and Breakfast.
The second Plantation was Houmas House Plantation. It was spectacular. Exactly like you see in the movies. It was like stepping back in time.
Below is a photo guide for finding the plantations. Oak Alley is the Plantation that was used in the Movie “Interview with a Vampire”. I didn’t figure that our until we got home or I would have made time to see it.
If you have seen any of these Plantation let me know which was your favorite. If you haven’t seen these have you visited any other Plantations?