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From New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation Tour

1. From New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Explore New Orlean's history on a guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation, named for the double row of southern live oak trees that date back to the 18th century. Learn all about plantation life from your traditionally-dressed tour guide and see antique farm machinery up close.  Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in New Orleans, and then make your way to the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie for your guided walking tour of its grounds.  Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Oak Alley was named after the 28 huge oak trees that line the road leading up to – and pre-dating – the plantation house.  Admire the Greek Revival architecture of the main plantation house, built in the 19th century for one of the wealthiest families of the South. See original features, including antique farm machinery, and avail of amenities such as a restaurant and souvenir shop. Throughout your tour, be led by a guide wearing authentic plantation-style clothes and hear about the first example of Antebellum restoration along the legendary River Road.

New Orleans: Laura Creole Plantation Guided Tour

2. New Orleans: Laura Creole Plantation Guided Tour

Experience the disappearing world of Creole Louisiana on a 75-minute guided tour of the Laura Plantation main house, gardens and slave quarters. Located on the West bank of the Mississippi in the heart of Plantation Country – the main house dates from 1805 and has been restored to the time when it functioned as both a family home and the office for the sugar plantation. Visit the raised basement and galleries, men's and women's parlors, service rooms and common rooms. Walk through the 200-year-old sugar plantation homestead, including 3 gardens: Jardin Français, the kitchen potager & BananaLand grove. Continue the tour on the grounds with 12 buildings on the National Register, including animal barns, overseers' cottages and the 1829 Maison de Reprise. Hear intimate stories about four generations of free and enslaved members of the Creole families who lived here. Gleaned from handwritten memoirs and archival documents from the United States and France, each story told in the 1805 Maison Principale, on the grounds, and in the original 1840s slave cabins is a true, personal account of the women, children and men who spent their lives on this sugar farm. Spend time touring the onsite museum exhibit on your own after your tour ends. When Laura Plantation opened to the public in 1994, it became the first historic attraction in Louisiana to include stories of enslaved Africans as part of the tour. Today the permanent exhibit "From the Big House to the Quarters: Slavery on Laura Plantation" is dedicated to telling the authentic story of the enslaved community of this Créole farm.

New Orleans: St. Joseph Plantation Guided Tour

3. New Orleans: St. Joseph Plantation Guided Tour

Discover a site of historical and cultural significance during a tour of the St. Joseph Plantation tour. Follow your guide as you explore the expansive grounds and learn of the place's long history. Visit one of the few fully intact working sugar cane plantations in the River Parishes. Understand the site's historical significance as you discover the plantation's 2,500 acres, built in the 1830s. Discover the history of this family-owned plantation as one of the tour guides gives you a detailed tour of the home and farm, and shares the history of the many people who lived here. After the tour, feel free to take a self-guided tour of numerous outbuildings, including original slave cabins, a detached kitchen, blacksmith’s shop, carpenter’s shed, and schoolhouse. This plantation, and its sister property Felicity Plantation, was the location for several films, notably "12 Years a Slave", “All The King's Men”, "The Skeleton Key" and "Queen Sugar".

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based on 27 reviews

Arguably the best plantation tour. Approach and retrospective focused very human with the life of the masters and their slaves, integration but not equality. Very interesting French-speaking guide. The soul of Laura and her family hovers throughout the visit. THANK YOU !!!

A wonderful visit with an exceptional guide who made us discover life within a plantation through several generations. Very beautiful place that transports us in time.

Great introduction into the life of a sugar cane plantation. It covers both sides: slaves and their owners. The oak alley is stunningly beautiful.

Beautiful plantation with a very interesting past ! Guide was extremely knowledgeable !

Great tour guide with a broad and extensive knowledge of history and Oak Ally.