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September's Must-Stay Parks:
City of Franklin Plantation Homes

Oaklawn Manor:

This 1837 Greek Revival plantation manor is the residence of Louisiana’s former Governor & Mrs. Murphy J. (Mike) Foster, located in Franklin, Louisiana. Oaklawn Manor remains as a landmark of the old south, holding fast through the Civil War, hurricanes, neglect, and the ravages of time. Built in 1837 by Alexander Porter, and Irishman who adopted this land as his own and became a leading Louisiana statesman, it was the manor house of a large sugarcane plantation as well as the center of social activities. A famous visitor was Henry Clay, who spent some time after Porter retired from the U.S. Senate.

The Greek Revival mansion is constructed of brick from the surrounding soil, almost a fortress with its 20 inch thick walls and massive foundation. Encircling the old dwelling are spacious grounds with landscaped gardens, live oaks and footpaths to lead the visitor through the shady glens to be explored. The present owners, the Foster’s, commissioned renowned craftsman Don Gomez to carve one of the largest wood carving collections of Louisiana birds by one artist in the United States.

Oaklawn Manor stands out among her sister manor houses as one of the most elegant and gracious. She can truly be referred to as the Queen of the many local plantation homes located in Franklin, Louisiana. While strolling the grounds which surround Oaklawn, be certain to visit the aviary that houses an interesting variety of domestic as well as tropical birds, and the garden area where you will walk down an old brick pathway leading you beneath the “Cedar Walk” of Tennessee Red Cedars to the enchanting gardens which resemble the famed Gardens of Versailles.

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
Admission: $15 Adults; $10 Children & Students.

Grevemberg House Museum:

The elegance of mid-19th century town life in the Old South is preserved in this distinctive National Register property. The 1851 home was saved and meticulously restored by the St. Mary Landmarks Society. It is a magnificent example of Greek Revival-style architecture with its fluted Corinthian columns, upper and lower galleries opening into spacious entrance halls and adjoining double parlors.

Informative, enthusiastic interpreters bring its history and furnishings to life. Antique lovers will be intrigued by distinctive pieces from the 1800?s, including a grand mahogany dining table, an imposing C. Lee bed, silver, cut glass and the original marble mantels. Even the wallpaper represents authentic patterns from historical collections. Antique toys and Civil War artifacts complete the picture of this period.

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm except designated holidays.
Admission: Adults – $10; Senior Citizens, Groups of 20 or more, students under 18 – $8; Children under 12 – $5.

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