Oaks Plantation

Oaks Plantation (HM29ZI)

Location: Port Allen, LA 70767 West Baton Rouge Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 26.893', W 91° 12.18'

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At the time of the Louisiana Purchase this tract of land
belonged to a Madame Patin. In 1838 her heirs sold the
tract to Jesse Patrick. Patrick purchased the neighboring
southern property from Aurore Allain. At the time of
Patrick''s ownership, the tract was described as measuring
23 1/2 arpents front on the river with a depth of 80 arpents
on the first 14 1/2 arpents above, and a depth of 40 arpents
for the remainder of said land, bounded on the upper side by
the lands of Sebastien Hiriart and at the lower by those of
Ursin Soniat and Hopkins. At its greatest extent, the
boundaries reached Court Street to the north,
US Interstate 10 to the south and Hwy 415 to the west
In February, 1868 the plantation was seized by the West Baton
Rouge Sheriff for repayment of debts owed to Citizens Bank of
Louisiana. Edward Gay, prominent Iberville Parish planter,
purchased it at sheriff's sale the following March. Gay sold
the property to his brother, William, in 1869. During the
Gay family''s, ownership, the plantation grew corn,
sugarcane and rice.(Continued on other side)(Continued from other side)Levee maps in 1871 and 1914 depict the property with a
residence set in a grove of oaks, presumably the plantation's
namesake. Also on the plantation was a river landing, sugar
mill, quarters cabins

and vegetable gardens. The house site
was lost to the river in 1914, but the residence was
relocated west to its present site. "The Oaks, Inc." was
incorporated in 1924, and began subdividing the plantation
into smaller lots around the house. The site of the house was
enhanced with formal gardens by noted West Baton Rouge
landscape architects Theodore and Lou Bird Landry.
home is 3 rooms wide by 2 rooms deep with additions to its
rear. A deep porch lines the front, and the whole is covered
with a hipped roof topped with a lyre shaped lighting rod.
Detailing of the house is restrained classical revival. Hand
hewn and machine sawn wood framing is found throughout.
Timbers in the roof and floor framing contain old mortise and
tenon joints, but nails dating from circa 1880 are used as the
sole joining method for the structural members. This is
indicative of a structure built with salvaged materials or an
older structure that has been significantly altered.
HM NumberHM29ZI
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 672546 N 3369824
Decimal Degrees30.44821667, -91.20300000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 26.893', W 91° 12.18'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 26' 53.58" N, 91° 12' 10.8" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)225
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601 LA-987-5, Port Allen LA 70767, US
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