The Ladies of Oakley House………May 6th, 1pm – 4pm
Journey into the past with a park ranger led talk on the ladies of Oakley House from 1795 to 1945. Hear about their lives and see selected collection items rarely exhibited at the park.
An Enslaved Life Tour………….May 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 10am – 12pm – 2pm
Take a guided tour of the plantation yard and discover the world of the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Explore the various outbuildings and slave quarters with a Park Ranger as they reveal the lives of the hundreds of people that worked at Oakley. Please be aware this is a 45 minute walking tour over uneven ground and that in case of inclement weather the program will be cancelled.
A Revolutionary War Living History
“The Campaign for Louisiana”…………May 13th, 10am – 4pm
Join us in discovering how the Revolutionary War came to our doorstep in Louisiana’s only Revolutionary War Living History program.
The day will resound with the peal musket fire, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of orders, as the Militia musters at the plantation. Special activities throughout the day will invite the public to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors, reacting with hasty alarm to the battle at Baton Rouge in 1779. Men hasten from their farms, homes and families to march to the aid of those already engaged in the pivotal battle of the American Revolution on the Gulf Coast. Housewives cook and entertain in their kitchens and parlors, watching from a window or doorstep perhaps, as the men march off to war. Then, young visitors are invited to become minutemen and women, wielding muskets, learning to drill and march as soldiers of the war. “Muskets” are provided for this ever-popular exercise in leadership, bravery, and derring-do for small patriots. Experience the roar of black powder muskets and cannon and see how the soldiers lived on the campaign.
For a day of history, entertainment and discovery, visit the park as we celebrate our nation’s beginning and continuing perseverance, in war and in peace.
Your Own Little World…May 20th, 1pm – 3pm
Recycle a water bottle into your very own terrarium with the help of park staff. Help the environment while creating a tiny new world. Fun for all ages.
The Louisiana Gold Rush…May 28th, 1pm – 4pm
Did you know in the 1800’s Louisiana had its own mini gold rush? Have you ever panned for gold? Explore both at the park in this ranger led program and hear how one of Oakley’s own became part of an earlier gold rush in America. Fun for all ages.