Oakley Plantation, built circa 1806 and on the National Register of Historic Places, sits on property within a 100-acre forest filled with stately, fragrant magnolias and tall leafy poplars, not far from Baton Rouge. The late, great illustrator of birds for whom the historic site is named began drawing many of his iconic bird images here. Oakley is elegant but unpretentious. There is a detached kitchen, with a wash room beside the house and two slave cabins behind it. A restored formal garden adds its measure of grace.
11788 Highway 965, St. Francisville, 225-635-3739, 888-677-2838, www.crt.state.la.us, @LAStateParks