Situated in a vast live oak grove, this colossal Greek Revival showplace of the South was built in 1837 by Alexander Porter, a native of Ireland and a distinguished Louisiana statesman. The walls of this monumental building are 20 inches thick. Henry Clay visited Oaklawn in 1842.
A palatial restoration was completed in the 1920s by Capt. Clyde Barbour, who in his younger days had viewed the deteriorating mansion from his paddle wheeler on the Teche and vowed someday it would be his. A second grand restoration was completed by Mr. and Mrs. George Thomson in 1964. Presently the home of former Governor of Louisiana and Mrs. Murphy J. Foster, Jr., Oaklawn is open to the public.