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St. Joseph Plantation

Address: 3535 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: 225-265-4078
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Ranked #3 of 3 Attractions in Vacherie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Owned by the same family since 1877. Still a working sugar plantation. Most guides are family...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Thu - Tue 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Owner description: Owned by the same family since 1877. Still a working sugar plantation. Most guides are family members. Original outbuildings including manor home, slave cabins. Also, detached kitchen, blacksmith and carpenter's shop. Open Monday through Saturday.
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Sun Prairie
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The St. Joseph Plantation seemed small and insignificant compared to the Oak Alley Plantation. We didn't actually go to the St. Joseph Plantation, but from the road could see that it is not visited by tour buses and is definitely not as popular as other Plantations in the area.

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Metairie, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We had an outstanding tour of the lovely St. Joseph Plantation, a working sugarcane plantation in Vacherie, LA. Having as our knowledgeable guide, Jackie, a descendant on the last owner, was certainly a treat as she told of her life experiences on the plantation. Please be sure to add St. Joseph Plantation to your list is special places to visit... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is still a working Plantation with the harvesting of sugarcane (automated machinery). We were welcomed with southern charm from one of the decedents of the Plantation who led us on our tour. The tour focuses mostly on the time frame of the era regarding the home, the relatives who lived in the house and how they lived (and died),... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Three Plantations next to each other yet, all entirely different. St. Joseph's is unique as a family owned and still operated sugar cane plantation. While not as elaborate as Oak Alley, it feels more like a working home, and the artifacts the family has displayed are authentic and interesting. The bath tub, called a bonnet tub for its shape is... More 

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Conway, Arkansas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This home was lovingly restored by family members just before it was too late. The entire group met for months restoring it so that you can get an idea of it's former life. It's not a ritzy home like one down the road but a true home of a comfortable sugar cain grower. The tour guides are very personable and... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We went to two plantations this visit, and St. Joseph's stood out as being a down-home sort of experience will worth the trip. The plantation was restored and tours offered by descendants of the family who purchased the plantation in 1870. They not only knew the history of the plantation well, but also of the surrounding houses. The gift shop... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Very nice tour of plantation by a family member who is still a part owner. Tour provided a lot of history about the home and all its owners and the history of Sugar Cane Farming. Very nice home and plantation. I definitely recommend taking a tour of this home.

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Philadelphia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

We had only enough time to visit one plantation before going on a cruise trip, hesitated between St. Joseph and Oak Alley. I am glad that we visited St. Joseph. Very knowledgeable guide and rich family history. Our two teenagers absolutely enjoyed the tour.

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Moscow, Russia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We toured several plantations on our way home from New Orleans, and St Joseph was our favorite by far. It is still a family-owned, operational sugar cane plantation that allows a fascinating glimpse into the lives of that era. Admission includes a tour of the main house (very lovingly maintained) and numerous buildings on the property -- carpenter and blacksmith... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

While I would not compare our plantation visit to palaces of Europe, that was an interesting view on the way real people lived 300, 200, 100 years prior to us. Both from cultural prospective and ordinary way of life. Out guide was the woman from the family who bought plantation after the Civil War. She told us the history of... More 

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