In the early 1800’s much of the wealth and culture of the US was centered around large southern plantations. Enormous amounts of goods were shipped to Europe from the port cities. Many of these plantations were started with land grants from the King Of England in the mid 1600’s. The business connections thrived for two centuries.
The larger plantations had very dramatic entrances, and lanes. A long road would lead through lines of large Live Oak trees (above) and past the barns and enslavement quarters. This was to show their wealth to any visitors.
Those wide lanes also helped the armies of both the Union and Confederate ride right in and take possession. McLeod plantation (above) was occupied and damaged by both sides. In fact I know of only one (Drayton Hall) that survived intact through both the Revolutionary and Civil wars.