In 1994 the Cane River Creole National Historical Park was formed by an Act of the U.S. Congress and in 1998 the park service took physical possession of the 44 acre plantation grounds and begin intensive restoration of the existing historical structures. Many of the structures on the Oakland Plantation grounds were in a deteriorated state. The National Park Serive rehabilited these structres and started to apply a limewash to help in the preservation process.
To view the restoration work click "Before-and-After Rehabilitation."
Did You Know?
The central structure of the Oakland mule barn was built as a smoke house in the 1820s. The resourcefulness of plantation residents can be seen in the adaptive reuse of the smoke house structure to accommodate the mules that were displaced when the original barn burned.