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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Did the Oak Alley Plantation survive the recent storms and is it still standing?

A: "We're like the Grand Dame who's all dressed up with no party to go to," starts Zeb Mayhew, Administrative Director for the historic plantation that sits along the River Road in Vacherie Louisiana. Spared from the ravages of the Civil War when most stately houses were being pillaged along the Mississippi River, Oak Alley has withstood the hands of time and has been left unscathed during the recent hurricanes of Katrina and Rita.

Zeb who is also the grand nephew of Mrs. Josephine Steward who was the last owner to own the regal estate says, "Thankfully we dodged both storms. Katrina went far enough east and Rita went far enough west."

Some fallen branches and extra yard work were the only maintenance needed around the Oak Alley Plantation he added. The 28 oak alley trees, the plantation along with the six Creole style cottages appear as magnificent as ever.

For visitors who wish to overnight in one of the cottages, Zeb says they are pretty booked now but he's taking reservations for November. He could possibly accommodate those in October if he has any cancellations.

Price ranges from $115US to $165US nightly based on single and double occupancy and includes breakfast. The mansion tours are open.

For more information on schedules and tour prices visit www.oakalleyplantation.com or call them at 1.800.442.5539.


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