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Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana

Those several-hundred-year-old oaks make the place seem haunted and spooky. Sometime in the early 1700s, an unknown French settler planted 28 live oak trees in two evenly spaced rows, reaching from his small house to the Mississippi River. What happened to this house is unknown, but the trees were kept. In 1837-1839, a wealthy French sugar-cane planter, Juckes Telesphore Roman, built the Greek revival-style mansion for his bride. Take a tour of the plantation. The history of the place and the stories of slavery are worthwhile to hear. Relax and have a mint julep after you finish the tour. It's not my drink, but I had to try one since I'm in New Orleans, no?

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