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“Laura: A Creole Plantation on the Great River Road” 5 of 5 stars
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Laura: A Creole Plantation
2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
+1 225-265-7690
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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“Laura: A Creole Plantation on the Great River Road”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

The Laura Plantation tour was wonderful. I had never been on a plantation tour before, and did not know what to expect. The buildings and grounds, along with the history presented during the tour were very interesting. I wish I had more time to visit all the Plantations between New Orleans & Baton Rouge along the River Road.

Visited November 2011
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“INTERESTING and UNUSUAL for a PLANTATION”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

We visited Laura Plantation last week and really loved it. The entire presentation by our guide (Randy) was excellent and he captured the spirit of the Plantation in a way that was exciting and quite interesting. I would highly recommend this visit to visitors really interested in learning about antebellum New Orleans. The grounds were equally as interesting and the tour included some of the former slave quarters. It was really unblievable to see how entire families were supposed to live under such conditions in a 16' x 16' house. The era of slavery remains a dark spot in America's history.

Visited October 2011
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League City, Texas
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“Great Tour, A must see while in Louisianna!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

My Husband and I had toured a plantation up the river a little earlier in the year, but I was so glad that we went to see Laura! A Great Tour and Great History, a MUST see for anyone in the area.

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“Great fun and history lesson!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Oak Alley is way too crowded when we got there. So we looked at the oak trees and headed off to Laura for the tour instead. and what a great decision!

The tour was awesomely interesting, with stories based on a book written by the granddaughter of one of the owners of the plantation. It's like reliving those days in the old south!

Do it!

Visited October 2011
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“Top Notch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

I had no idea how little I knew about Creole Plantation life and how the business worked. Our Tour Guide was the owner of the site and was a great story teller on top of knowing everything about the plantation.

The main house has been restored to it's original paint colors and several slave quarters are still standing. There is a book available about the last Laura to run the plantation - now I'm sorry I didn't buy a copy while I was there.

You'll not be disappointed in this tour.

Visited October 2011
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