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“Not What We Expected” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Laura: A Creole Plantation

Laura: A Creole Plantation
2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
+1 225-265-7690
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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.

Bridge City, Texas
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“Not What We Expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

When you think "plantation" this is probably not the type of house that comes to mind. It is not as opulent as I expected. It kind of reminded me of my grandma's house. The tour guide was friendly and seemed knowledgeable about the plantation and surrounding area. I was kind of disappointed to learn on the tour that the house you are visiting is not original because it was damaged extensively in a fire and had to be rebuilt but it was not rebuilt entirely. There are two back sections of the house that were destroyed but you can see the remains of the pilings.

Visited September 2013
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“Excellent Tour and Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

- We drove out to both Laura and the Oak Alley Plantations. It saved us $20.00 per person vs. tour prices and you can leave when you want!

- Both plantations (3 miles apart) are unique in history and characteristics. Both are worth the ticket price and are very informative. Our group was approximately 12 people so we had no problems hearing the "stories" and history.

- In our opinion, the Oak Alley Plantation ($20 PP) is more commercialized with less real artifacts but replacement replicas. Laura Plantation ($18 with AAA)captures life as it was back then. Both tours have excellent tour guides.

Both plantations are worth spending your vacation dollars on.

Safe Travels!

Visited October 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

The story of Laura Plantation is incredible. We loved the plantation and insight to life in those days. It's wonderful that they have such thorough records and firsthand written accounts from that time. My mom bought the book written by the mistress of the plantation and we are all anxious to read it. The Brer Rabbit stories originated there as well. Our guide was Camille. (I'm almost positive that was her name.) She was excited and full of great information. My only complaint is the way she raced from place to place. I am a young, healthy person and I had to almost run to keep up. My grandmother and another lady who was at least 75 didn't have a chance of keeping up. I'm sure they missed a lot of information because Camille would start talking as soon as she reached the next stop of the tour. There were also A LOT of people on our tour. When we went from room to room they made us all cram in so that the door could close completely behind us. It was sometimes VERY tight. I guess that shows how good the tour is - they are overflowing with visitors. If you are trying to choose a plantation to visit, I would definitely recommend Laura Plantation.

Visited October 2013
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“Group Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We visited this plantation through Cajun Encounters. The size of the tour group (32 ppl) did take slightly away from the tour, as it was difficult to hear and see everything the guide was saying, with so many people (only so many people can fit in a room at a time)

The tour did provide a fascinating insight into Creole customs and lifestyle. I would have liked to hear more of the story from the slaves point of view. The tour is roughly 90 minutes, make sure you use the restroom first and probably bring a small bottle of water with you as it can get warm outside.
There is a very nice gift shop on sight as well.

Visited October 2013
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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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