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I expected Mobile would have a lot of big, old southern mansions that date back to the plantation days, and Mobile didn't disappoint. Many of these beautiful old houses line up along Government Street, which is also US 90, and a major road through town (the central business district is just a few blocks away). Government Street runs through the Oakleigh Garden Historic District, where homes date back as far as the 1820's.
I only made one brief stop as I drove through and admired the architecture. The centerpiece of the Oakleigh District is the Oakleigh Historic Complex: three museums in three homes, with an 1833 Greek Revival Mansion as its centerpiece.
Admission to the three museums at Oakleigh is $7 for adults, $3 for children. Check out the Historic Mobile Preservation Society's webpage here.
Oakleigh was built by James Roper, a cotton man from Virginia. His dream was to build a mansion surrounded by oak trees. That's where the "oak" part of Oakleigh comes from -- the "leigh" part is a version of the word "lea", which means meadow.
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