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Antebellum Plantation Homes
Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

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During America's antebellum period before the Civil War, prosperous plantation owners in the Mississippi Valley built stately homes in a variety of architectural styles. Symmetrical and square, these homes often had columns or pillars and balconies.

Shown here is Oak Alley Plantation (L'Allée des chênes) in Vacherie, Louisiana. Combining Greek Revival, French Colonial, and other styles, the grand house has massive Doric columns and wide porches that served as passageways between rooms.

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