New Orleans, Louisiana Plantation Tours
The Oak Alley Plantation Tour in Vacherie, LA is one of the most magnificent plantation tours because of the 28 evenly spaced, huge oak trees that go from the river road to the plantation house. It looks like the movie, “Gone with the Wind”.
This Greek Revival style home dates back to 1837. Located on the grounds are a restaurant, blacksmith shop, souvenir shop and antique farm equipment. The Oak Alley tour is the complete plantation experience! The Oak Alley house tour is approximately 35 minutes and conducted by tour guides dressed in authentic plantation style apparel. Walking is required for this tour.
The distance from the Plantation house to the restaurant and souvenir shop is about one block in distance. Along the path, there are benches shaded by the oak trees.
The Laura Plantation Tour is considered the best historical plantation tour in the Mississippi Valley in the tour industry. The plantation was run by four Creole women. Laura, which was the most notable of the women, is how the plantation got it’s name. The women ran the plantation over 60 years, using slave labor to do it. As part of this tour, you will get to view and enter the slave quarters.
You will also hear stories of all aspects of the plantation life. The book “Bier Rabbit” was written here at Laura Plantation. The Plantation house was nearly destroyed by a fire back in 2003, but it was rebuilt to the original design using building materials from antique homes that were disassembled and sold off in pieces.
The rebuilding process of the plantation home is a story in itself!
Established in 1787 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation remains the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley.
Located on the historic River Road, this antebellum home with its lush green grounds and moss draped Live Oaks watches over the banks of the Mississippi River just minutes away from New Orleans. In 2010 the site received a travel and tourism Louey Award naming it the 2010 Louisiana Attraction of the Year.
The plantation exhibits an original document signed by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison appointing Jean Noel to the Orleans Territorial Council, which is responsible for creating Louisiana’s civil law of government.