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Laura: A Creole Plantation

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's...
Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.

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Our favorite plantation!

If you visit one plantation, make it this one. We've toured a large number of historical homes both in the US and Europe, and our tour of Laura was one of the most fascinating... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

If you visit one plantation, make it this one. We've toured a large number of historical homes both in the US and Europe, and our tour of Laura was one of the most fascinating we've ever been on. The tour achieved the perfect balance between informative and entertaining - we learned a ton without ever feeling overwhelmed by information or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

This was the best tour we took while visiting New Orleans this time. The tour cost was $36.00 for two and took about 1:30 minutes. Our guide was excellent and we felt like we were reliving history has he spun the story. On the tour you get the full tour of the house, grounds and slave cabins. If you are... More 

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Orange Park, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We went to the Oak Alley Plantation so this was not quite as opulent as the other one. Wish I would have seen them in reverse. If you plan to see both of them, see the Laura one first and Oak Alley Plantation as a finale. We have seen so many plantations that after a while they all run into... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We had rushed in hopes of making the 1:20 tour and arrived just as it started. They were kind enough to let us join. Rose was our tour guide and she did a very good job. It was awe inspiring to wander through buildings with so much history and to see some of the original furnishings. I only wish they... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Our guide Norm (the owner) was super knowledgeable. They have some great original items, pictures, and stories of the history of this plantation and the general area. The plantation house itself was smaller and less glamorous then I expected from a plantation but was full of soooo much great history. I totally recommend this plantation..especially if you can only pick... More 

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Bakersfield California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

A wonderfully descriptive tour with a great guide - Joey!! Well worth the money... We did this in conjunction with the Oak Alley Tour... 2 completely different plantations and provided a great comparison of architecture and lifestyle!!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

I was expecting more after reading the reviews here. The guide was knowledgeable, but didn't have the interesting or approachable delivery that I expected. I enjoyed the guided tour at Oak Alley much better. The property was interesting, but not as grand or as photogenic as Oak Alley.

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We first visited Oak Alley and then came to the Laura Plantation. While Oak Alley is very pretty, we found Laura to be more interesting. Our tour guide was excellent. Unlike Oak Alley where you can wander around the grounds on your own, here you only tour with your guide. But again, the guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Everyone... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

This tour is good and informative with a look at life in the big plantation house and an insight into the slave era pre the civil war. Our guide Rose was very informative and made the place come to life. This plantation should be first on your list.

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Bethany Beach, DE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Back in January 2012, I THOUGHT I already reviewed this plantation because it was the best one I'd ever experienced! June was our Tour Guide & I remember her so well as she was not only so informative -- she "taught" her group with a beautiful way about her -- she made it so enjoyable! The plantation was rich in... More 

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