Oaklawn Plantation (Natchez, Louisiana)

The Oaklawn Plantation is a historic plantation house in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Oaklawn Plantation
LocationNatchitoches, Louisiana
Coordinates31°40′11″N 93°0′42″W
Area4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built1830 (1830)
Architectural styleFrench Colonial
NRHP reference #79001072[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 28, 1979

Location

It is located on the Louisiana Highway 494 East of Natchitoches in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.[2][3]

History

The mansion was built in 1830 for Narcisse Prudhomme.[4] After his death in 1859, the property was inherited by his son, Achille Prudhomme.[4] Although the plantation survived the Civil War of 1861-1865 intact,[4] after Achille's death, the land was divided into parcels by his heirs and sold off.[4] In 1916, Charles Edgar Cloutier, the husband of Adeline Prudhomme, a great-grandniece of Narcisse Prudhomme, purchased the property.[4]

It is now owned by filmwriter Robert Harling, author of the play, later a film, Steel Magnolias (dir. Herbert Ross, 1989).[4][5]

It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since March 28, 1979.

Architecture

The house has three stories, fourteen chimneys and a large gallery.[5] It is an example of French creole architecture.[4]

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