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Laura: A Creole Plantation
2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
+1 225-265-7690
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a wonderful plantation with a very interesting history. Stephen was our tour guide and gave us a very informative tour. If you only visit one plantation, this one is the one to visit.

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“Great Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I love this tour and always bring visitors to it. Tour guides are great and make the place come alive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

This attraction was really interesting. The plantation was run by entertains of women. It is very well kept and easy to walk around. The guides are good.

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful Plantation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Camille was our tour guide and she was such a sweetheart. She is Creole, born and raised in Louisiana. We went all throughout the place and the story behind it all was so interesting. Even left buying the book of Laura's Memoirs.

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“A piece of histgory you have to see and learn about”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We were blessed to have Norman, the owner of Laura Plantation, as our guide today. His passion for the story of the plantation, and it's inhabitants, made the tour one of the best we've ever been on. He loved the story he had to tell, and he told it well. The story of plantation life, with it's reliance on slave labor, can be very disturbing, but as Norman told me, he trains his guides to tell Laura's story factually, without apology, without softening the story, and with complete truthfulness. It is up to the guest to make their own decisions about how to view life as it existed on the plantation.
The tour takes just over an hour, but try and leave some extra time to roam the grounds a little afterwards and absorb the history. The gift shop has a very good selection of books about plantation history, and there is a wonderful book that is the basis of the plantation - Memories of the Old Plantation Home - that is a must read if you are intrigued by your visit to the plantation.

Visited October 2013
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