St. Francisville, Louisiana
all the dozens of lovely and tragic plantations I visited, I loved this
one best with its outbuildings, beautiful oak-lined gardens and 100-acre
parkland. Built in 1806, the Oakley Plantation predates the classic revival
style with the simplicity and dignity of late Federal Period design. John
James Audubon lived here as a teacher for four months in 182l where he
managed to collect, prepare, sketch and paint 32 bird specimens.