• Courtesy of Charles Ward

    Cane River Creole

    National Historical Park Louisiana

History of the Oakland-Prudhomme Store

The Oakland-Prudhomme store
The Oakland-Pruhomme Store
NPS - CARI Photo

The Oakland Plantantion store is the most important surviving structure for the interpretation of plantation life in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. According to Ann Patton Malone, "the post-bellum rural merchant was all things to the community ... the store was the marketplace, banking and credit source, recreation center, public forum, and news exchange."


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The Prud'hommes intermarried extensively with other enterprising French planter families such as the Cloutiers, Bossiers, and LeComtes. Experimenting with crops, equipment, and techniques contributed to Oakland Plantation's success and the flourishing extended family cultures.