Orderly Oak Manor

The entranceway of Oak Manor.
Tanner Franklin.

If the Colo­nel and his fam­ily repre­sent the econ­omic heart of Dixie Land­ings, then the Tanner Frank­lin clan must surely be its royal­ty. Frank­lin, desc­ended from two of Louis­iana’s most prominent families, brought a tradition of honest government to the bayou, serving as Dixie Landings’ first mayor and, later, as the area’s first U.S. senator.

Although quite well-to-do by birth, Tanner Franklin amassed a vast fortune growing cotton in the fertile Louisiana heartland. His home, the strong and solid Oak Manor, reflects both his wealth and his sense of order in its brick pathways, its impressive courtyard and its awesome white columns.

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