Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 3, 2001):
Oakland Plantation is of national significance in the areas of architecture and agriculture. It is of architectural significance as one of the nations most complete expressions of the rural French Creole building tradition. It is significant in the history of American agriculture as one of a very limited number of large plantation complexes remaining in the South. The agricultural period of significance spans from 1818, the date of the original portion of the main house, to 1950, although Oakland continued to operate as a cotton plantation up to and past this date. The architectural period of significance extends from 1818 to the mid-nineteenth century, the date of the youngest buildings contributing to the propertys French Creole character.