Laura & St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Meander through history during your next New Orleans, LA vacation with the Laura & St Joseph Plantation Tour. History buffs and families alike will have a fascinating time learning about these plantations and the history surrounding them. During this extraordinary experience, you will get new insight into the past and learn about how the plantations shaped NOLA into what it is today. The tour includes roundtrip transportation, a home tour at St Joseph Plantation, and admission to Laura Plantation's Slavery Museum Exhibit.
This small-group tour provides a more in-depth and intimate way to get out and experience the plantation life. With convenient hotel pick-up and drop off, you will be able to board your comfortable, air-conditioned, and spacious passenger van along with your loved ones. Once you buckle in, you will be whisked away for an afternoon of history and fun all wrapped into one. Be sure to check out all the lovely scenery passing you by on your journey to the first stop. The highlight of the ride there and back includes a scenic crossing of the Mississippi River from atop a suspension bridge.
1st Stop: St Joseph Plantation
Your first locale is St Joseph Plantation. Nestled on the western bank of the beautiful flowing Mississippi River, this plantation helped to pave the way for Vacherie, LA. The plantation is on the National Register of Historic Places and stands proudly in all of its historical glory. Built using slave labor by the Scioneaux family, the plantation was formed in 1830. Since its establishment, it has passed through many families, the most famous being Henry Hobson Richardson, who was a premier architect of the 19th Century. It also is home to 16 oak trees registered with Live Oak Society of Louisiana. The trees are 300 years old and remain some of the most stunning features of the plantation. While here, guests will set out upon a guided tour of the main ancestral home along with the original slave cabins found there. This sugar cane plantation was also the location where '12 Years a Slave', a film about slavery, was filmed.
2nd Stop: Laura Plantation
Travel a little ways up-river, and you will find the positively stunning Laura Plantation. This Louisiana Creole plantation has been restored and was once known as Duparc Plantation. It was established in 1805 as a working sugarcane plantation. The entire operation extended to more than 12,000 acres. Some of the most notable features of the plantation include the sugar mill, the 69 slave cabins, a vegetable garden, chicken coops, water wells, and the main home. During its peak operation, the plantation worked 186 slaves. The family of singer-songwriter Fats Domino, lived on the plantation. Currently, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and is dedicated to providing in-depth and truthful looks at the history of slavery and the plantation itself. While visiting the plantation, patrons will explore Creole history and learn about Laura's life. Additionally, they'll explore the Slavery Museum Exhibit which gives a voice to the plantation's former slaves. Guests will also explore how West African slaves influenced Creole culture and its impact on Louisiana's trademark cuisine, music, architecture, and customs.
Please note that, due to scheduling, at times the order of the plantations will be reversed. All other aspects of the tour will remain the same.
After spending the afternoon exploring these two extravagant plantations and homes, you will board your comfy passenger van and ride back to your hotel. See the scenery in new light and reminisce about your experiences at the plantations. The entire experience is in-depth, offering 6.5 hours of historical exploration. Of course, be sure to check out all of the other awesome things going on in New Orleans, and book the perfect hotel for your vacation package!
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Laura & St. Joseph Plantation Tour?
The entire experience lasts approximately 6.5 hours.
- Is Laura & St. Joseph Plantation Tour handicap accessible?
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
- For what ages is Laura & St. Joseph Plantation Tour appropriate?
Great for all ages. Bring car seats and boosters for small children. Unfortunately the tour cannot accommodate strollers.
- What level of physical ability is required?
There is very little walking done on the tours, making it a great option for all abilities.
- What is the policy in case of inclement weather?
Tours run rain or shine.
- What type of clothing is appropriate?
There is no dress code.
- What methods of transportation does the Laura & St. Joseph Plantation Tour use?
- Where does the Laura & St. Joseph Plantation Tour depart from?
Pick-up is available at any New Orleans hotel, bed and breakfast, and select AirBnBs. They also pick up in uptown, French Quarter, and Westbank.