Oakland Plantation is one of two plantations that make up the Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Located thirteen miles from each other, we focused on the larger of the two, where seventeen original buildings remain. The original owner of Oakland Plantation received a Spanish land grant in 1785. Descendants of slaves forced to work on this plantation remained as sharecroppers and tenant farmers until the 1950s, growing tobacco, indigo and cotton for a total of eight generations. The onsite market and post office remained in business until the 1980s. It is supposed to be one of the most intact examples of a French Creole cotton plantation complex.
Before completing our driving loop, which means the end of our roadtrip, we stopped one last time to fish off a dock along the Cane River. It is difficult to say goodbye to such a beautiful, secluded place, filled with the most elegant dragonflies. This trip to the south has been better than expected, and I had high expectations.