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Historic Oakleigh House

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Address: 350 Oakleigh Place, Mobile, AL
Phone Number: +1 251-432-6161
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Built by Virginian cotton broker, James W. Roper in 1833, Oakleigh is a...

Built by Virginian cotton broker, James W. Roper in 1833, Oakleigh is a remarkable example of historic preservation, as it has been adapted and preserved by the four families who lived here. As one of the first major residences to be built outside of the city limits, historians cite Oakleigh as one of the rarest examples of Greek revival architecture in the United States. And our tour is just as distinct- come experience it today.

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Great house and tour !

The Oakleigh house was originally built in 1833 for a cotton broker in Mobile. At that time, this house was actually outside the city limits and had a sizeable acreage (not like a... read more

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Modesto, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful home and a wonderful example of Southern Living in the 1800s. The young tour guide was very knowledgeable about the home, the family, and Mobile of the time era. Our experience would have been greatly enhanced if she had slowed the pace of her delivery, spoken louder especially when walking with us outdoors, and not mumbled... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Oakleigh house was originally built in 1833 for a cotton broker in Mobile. At that time, this house was actually outside the city limits and had a sizeable acreage (not like a plantation). There is still a lot of gardens and exterior to walk around and take pictures. But the house tour was really great. We had a tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely stop in Mobile! We had a wonderful tour and learned all sorts of interesting tidbits about the home and American history. There is an amazing collection of rare books in the home. The neighborhood around Oakleigh is also beautiful to drive around and see the homes and history. I hope the house continues to be so well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful time on our tour. We came in on a Saturday a few minutes after the hour and we're still able to get on the 11 o'clock tour. My sister and I both had our young children with us which may have been a bit too young for the tour (toddlers) the staff was very understanding and... More 

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Drake, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Oakleigh House is another example of a fine Mobile home from before the Civil War. A great way to spend an hour or so, and the entire neighborhood is filled with historic homes. The tour guides need work. Our tour was disappointing and we missed many of the finest features because the girls seemed to be rather disinterested. Still a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

We arrived after lunch to tour the house and grounds with a family group that included children in elementary school. Because all of their group tours begin on the hour and we arrived about 20 minutes after the previous one began, we had to wait awhile for the next tour. There are a couple of museum type exhibits that guests... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

After driving through the Oakleigh District with its marvelous oak trees, we arrived at the house. We were pleased to catch the 2 p.m. tour, the last of the day. Our guide was a fast-talking, interesting Mobile native. As we visited the high-ceilinged rooms, we learned the stories of the owners of this place. It was built in 1833 by... More 

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Heber City, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Interesting to take a glimpse into history through this home. Wonderful to see what the wealthy in the deep south had in their homes. My favorite part are the stories of the people who lived there and the portraits found on the walls. Especially the picture of the man panted after death and it looks like his face is weird.... More 

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Mobile
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

The guides are knowledgeable and I enjoyed our visit to Oakleigh House. The whole experience was full of good info about Mobile.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

I was priveleged to have a special event at the House. They served us tea and then we were given a tour of the house. They tour was very interesting and I learned a lot about Mobile's history.

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