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Review of Laura: A Creole Plantation

Laura: A Creole Plantation
2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
+1 225-265-7690
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Vacherie
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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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“A must see!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

The history of this home is fascinating! What a family of strong women! We just loved it! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The gift shop was excellent and we bought some really nice things. Everyone working there was so nice!

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“Creole Plantation / Working Business”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

You gain a deep sense of what a working and isolated life a sugar cane plantation must have been like before the Civil War brought changes. The guide and settings provide a stark understanding of what it took to have a successful plantation business. It is not for everyone and if you want a American Plantation take the Oaks tour. Laura Plantation is for history geeks like me.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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“not a standout”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

This tour was not a stand out. It was interesting historically - a view of creole life on a cane plantation. A lot of history about this particular family. Standing slave cabins and discussion of the human toll paid for this lifestyle was included. Everything was well done - just not exceptional.

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Waco, Texas
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“excellent tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

The tour was very informative and interesting. The tour guide was very knowledgable about the history of the house, plantation and the family. We bought the book and read it in 1 day it was so interesting. Well worth the price of the tour.

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Newport Beach, California
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“Nice tour. Interesting Creole plantation.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

When we couldn't get into Oak Alley due to their spring fair and traffic jam, we tried this plantation nearby. The opposite of the big white "American plantation", this Creole house turned out to be a very interesting tour. Price for adults $18. Ask for the unadvertised AAA discount of $2. Jasmine was a great guide giving an informative and entertaining tour. Very interesting history. We thoroughly enjoyed this. Excellent restrooms. Some snacks for sale, no meals. The tour lasts about 90 minutes.

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