Laura Plantation

Laura Plantation

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Another stop along iconic River Road in Louisiana is the Laura Plantation, a restored historic Creole plantation near Vacherie on the western bank of the Mississippi River.

Laura Plantation is an 1805 sugarcane plantation that provides daily guided tours of the Big House, the grounds, and slave cabins. A visit to the plantation will open up the 'World of Creole Women', teaching guests all about the lost world of Laura Locoul Gore and her Creole family.

During your visit, your group will be able to explore the museum on site, tour the Big House, walk the grounds, and stand in an authentic 1840s slave cabin. Explore the onsite gardens such as the Jardin Francis, Kitchen Potager, and Bananaland Grove. You will 'journey beyond the myths of the American South and discover the compelling stories of 4 generations of Creole women, both free and enslaved'. Immerse yourselves into the rigors of 200 years of daily life as you learn about the experience of slavery in the midst of New Orleans' Plantation Country.

Much of the information learned here is thanks to Laura Locoul's book 'Memories of the Old Plantation Home'. Your group, of course, will learn a lot about Laura herself, who was born in her family plantation home in 1861.

Note* The Laura Plantation is an option with Gray Line's New Orleans Plantation Tour.