This is a way out of New Orleans itself and we used Gray Line Tours to transport us to this plantation. It’s about an hour on the coach. Included in the price is a tour round with guides dressed in costume. The history of the house has been well documented and is put across in an interesting way. Some of the artefacts are original, others have been put in ‘of the time’. The information about slavery there is interesting, although quite hygienically presented, I’m positive their lives weren’t as clean and orderly as we were led to believe! However, the overall impression is of a big house with many slaves working for them and that is indeed how it was. Inside the house there are stairs and no lift so that would be impossible for those with mobility issues. However the coach was fine.
You are left to walk the grounds for about half an hour although it was too hot for us that day. We chose to use the cafe and have a cup of tea – for America, not bad at all! And the little cafe even had wifi! It did do some food but is very small and the food was limited. We had bought a sandwich before we left and ate it on the coach, and that worked quite well.
“Oak Alley Plantation website”:http://www.oakalleyplantation.com/