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Jacques Télésphore Roman was born in Opelousas, Louisiana, on May 22nd in 1800. "Télésphore" Roman is well known here at Oak Alley Plantation - he was the owner of this property, and it was under his tutelage that our antebellum Big House mansion was designed and constructed between 1837 and 1839. Today, we honor Jacques' birthday.
If you've visited Oak Alley in the past, you may be aware that Jacques' extended family once owned much of the land in this area and along the river, including the land that comprises today's Oak Alley Plantation. The Romans owned this property until just after the US Civil War.
But, did you know that the aristocratic Roman family had been in the "New World" for several generations before Oak Alley's Big House was built, and "our" Jacques was not the first Jacques Roman in his family to live in Louisiana?
Are you "connected" to Oak Alley Plantation? We are actively searching for past employees, people that lived on or near Oak Alley, distant Roman / Aime / Ory / Hotard family members, or folks who knew the Stewarts when they lived here. If you fit in one of those categories, we would like to get to know you!
We are also searching for visitors from the 50s, 60s, and 70s who may have met Mrs. Stewart, and might have a story or a photo to share! Does that include you?
We love our fans, and our fans love seeing pictures of our beautiful historic grounds! We have created a nice picture eBook for you to download to your computer, phone or iPad! Click the PDF link below to download this photo ebook.
-- the staff of Oak Alley Foundation
Italian travel website Viaggi highly recommends to its readers that they make plans to visit Oak Alley Plantation. We humbly thank you, Viaggi!
We don't speak much Italian, but the gist of the article was: "Anyone visiting Louisiana must visit Oak Alley Plantation!"
The website went onto highlight our alley of oaks, the history of the Roman family, and our talented historical interpreters.