Laura Plantation Tour
Step back in time in historic New Orleans Louisana to an operational sugar plantation built in 1805 and visit 11 historic buildings, including slave cabins where West-African folktales by Br'er Rabbit were recorded! This historic tour is based on the memoir and related documents, nearly 5,000 pages, of Laura Locoul Gore--the fourth mistress of the plantation--that details nearly 250 years of the lives of Creole women, slaves, and children that lived and worked on the plantation over the years.
The West-African folktales collected on the plantation from Br'er Rabbit are variations of traditional stories that were originally told in Senegal, but were brought to America by enslaved Africans in the 1720's. These stories were often told to children in the Louisiana Creole French Language and usually involve a clever rabbit and a stupid fool ('Compair Lapin and Compair Bouki'), and were published 25 years later in 1894.
On your way to the plantation, you will cross over Bonnet Carre Spillway, the flood outlet for the Mississippi Rover, and take in panoramic and breathtaking views of Lake Pontchartrain, and once you have arrived at the plantation, you will have access to the first and second floors, as well as the grounds, to explore at your leisure while learning about the history and residents of the house and hear stories of the people who once owned the sugar plantation. Built in an early 19th century Creole style, the house boasts numerous outbuildings that includes six slave quarters and is one of only 15 complexes in Louisiana with so many complete structures. This tour is an amazing look into the lives of plantation owners and slave-workers, so be sure to bring your camera along to capture some of the history the Laura Plantation has to offer! Book today for one of the best tours to add to your vacation spots near New Orleans.