Entries Tagged as 'USA- LA, Vacherie'

Vacherie- Oak Alley Plantation

If you want to visit a plantation that seems to have lept right out of the pages of the novel "Gone with the Wind," look no further than Oak Alley on 3645 Louisiana 18.

When you arrive on the property, take the brick walkway through an incredible alley of twisted and writhing oak trees to the beautiful Greek revival home.  Then a guide in period costume will lead you on a tour through the fully furnished structure, at the end of which you can buy a mint julip to sip on the terrace.

I have been told that Oak Alley is building a new Slavery Exhibit, which is crucial to having a complete understanding of this era.

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Vacherie- Laura Plantation

Laura Plantation, on 2247 Louisiana 18, is a beautiful example of French Creole architecture.  It has a fresh coat of yellow paint and a lovely porch that would be perfect for kicking back and having a tall glass of lemonade.  The interior is more modest, but also more personal.  As if the family had just left the room.

The yard out back, like its front, is also quite picturesque, with its fine garden, large banana trees, and sprinkling of sunflowers.  Breaking this spell, though, are the slave quarters, an ever-present reminder of the horrors of slavery.  I don't mean to preach, but it is true that those people who don't remember their past are condemned to repeat it.

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