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Destrehan Plantation

13034 River Road, Destrehan, LA 70047
504 764 9315
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: Built in 1787, this is the oldest plantation house in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
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Crofton, Maryland
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It may not really be politically correct to talk about "liking" a place like this. Nevertheless, I think it was worth seeing. The house and grounds were lovingly restored. One thing that particularly struck me were some exposed walls on the interior that contained the finger prints of slaves who built the place. I could see what fine craftsmen they... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

My sister-in-law and I were in NOLA for Halloween weekend visiting relatives. We decided to first see a Plantation before heading to our hotel in the city. We decided on Destrehan because of the easy access from the airport. It was a beautiful day and we had a nice tour, given by Gisele. She is French and quite knowledgeable about... More

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Bend, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were pretty excited to go see this Plantation but we were very disappointed in the whole experience. We were super rushed out of there. Our tour guide spoke really fast in what was a memorized scrip with no personality. He did this tour as fast as he could and then disappeared! I wouldn't recommend you going here.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

If our tour guide (who was rather full of himself) was typical, Destrehan guides have memorized a rather theatrical script which is designed to take you QUICKLY through the house. There are absolutely tons of artifacts, documents, and furniture which you are not given time or opportunity to see and about which you're not encouraged to ask questions.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

Being able to see working trades on site is a bonus. Our guide did a super job explaining the difference between French & Spanish vs. Anglo English laws which affected slavery in La. He did not gloss over any of it ; but provided insight. Some buildings were brought on sight which were not original; but it is unrealistic to... More

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Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The tragic side of this site is the cruelty and ugliness of slavery and prejudice. I felt like that was downplayed but when asked our guide was knowledgable and fair. Historical facts around the Louisiana Purchase and the civil war surprised us. The plantation home is quite well preserved and you learn a lot about the buildings construction Easy ride... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We toured the Destrehan Plantation as the last tour of the day. I would probably not choose to pay for the tour again, although walking around the grounds is very interesting and picturesque. Our guide was Gisele, and she was knowledgeable about the history of the house and furnishings. The house is sparsely furnished (and is air-conditioned), and has some... More

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New Orleans, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I have enjoyed Destrehan Plantation on numerous occasions. Christmas "season" is one of my most favorite times to visit. If you have never seen Destrehan Plantation decorated for Christmas, make a point to do so. By all means take the whole family! I enjoyed attending a couple of weddings and receptions at Destrehan Plantation. While all weddings are beautiful, those... More

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47 reviews 47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Good news: tour guide was nervous but fairly knowledgeable and had some interesting facts to share, and the main house was air conditioned. Bad news: almost nothing on the premises is original (the home was abandoned and left to deteriorate for years and was essentially rebuilt).All the furnishings and even the slave quarters were imported from some other place. The... More

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Victoria, Canada
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22 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This plantation is close to New Orleans. I was surprised to find it placed between large industry but on the grounds you can't tell. Also, the house exterior is not as ornate as others but offers a rich history. Tour guides in period costume are knowledgable and lovely. The tour focuses a lot on the house and the family but... More

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