The Oakley Plantation was built in 1806 by the Pirrie family. It was a very large and wealthy cotton plantation and at the height of its wealth had approximately 3200 acres of land. It is the only home in the area to boast 3 stories and louvered galleries for air circulation. Bedrooms were located on the top floor. One of the beds actually folded so it could be moved to the porch for sleeping on hot summer nights. The louvers kept the sunlight and rain out, but allowed cool breezes in. Typical for the period, the large kitchen and fireplace for cooking were detached from the house. The Oakley was passed down to 3 generations of Pirrie's women with the last of them leaving in 1957. When she could no longer live there alone, she sold the plantation for $10,000 to the state of Louisiana.
The Myrtles Plantation is a few miles away. It was built in 1796. It had many different owners throughout the 1800s and 1900s. Today it is a bed and breakfast and has facilities for weddings and receptions. It has been featured in many magazines and on many television shows including Unsolved Mysteries. It is touted as "one of America's most haunted homes'. It is supposedly the home of at least 12 ghosts and its reported that 10 murders occured in the house.
Last, but not least is the Rosedown Plantation. It was built in 1835 by the Turnbull's. It took 6 months to build and $13,109. It was built with local cypress and cedar. The last survivior of the Turnbull family, lived there until she died in 1955. In the garden is a Loblolly Pine that is over 300 years old. A doctors office was built on the plantation in 1844. The Oak Allee (live oaks) were planted about 10 years before the house. Most plantations had some type of allee leading up to the house to have a grand entrance, but allees also helped funnel the breezes towards the house. Cotton grew on at least 3000 of the 3500 acres that made of Rosedown.