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“Best History Tour Ever” 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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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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“Best History Tour Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2009

I took my wife and mom here while we were visiting New Orleans. Although I didn't really have any interest in plantations, I enjoyed myself thoroughly and learned a great deal. This is simply the best historical tour on which I have ever been. The guides pay attention to deal, are almost impossible to stump, and do a great job of making the past of the plantation come alive by weaving its history with the history of the family who owned the plantation, as well as the slaves who worked on it. Laura is not the fanciest plantation you will visit if go down River Road, but it far away the most educational and entertaining. A must stop in the New Orleans area for anyone with even a passing interest in history.

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“A wonderful place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2009

Go see the Laura plantation. It provides a good juxtaposition to the other, larger (at least house-wise) plantations. The stories of the owners are very interesting.

And they don't skip over the fact that plantation life was built on the backs of slaves. Oak Alley plantation does skip over this and barely mentions the slaves. Go there, too, but don't expect much other than physical beauty.

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“Great tour, interesting history.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2009

This was a great tour! Jay was our guide and he was informed, animated & just plain fun. He was the best and really highlighted the positive aspects of the plantation and did not hide the 'ugly' parts either. The gift shop was good and the restrooms were clean. I also recommend this tour for feminists since the plantation was almost wholly run by women (because they were voted by the whole family to be the best abled to manage the business).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2009

It was our pleasure to visit Laura Plantation in late February. We had a fantastic guide - very knowledgable and friendly. Her description of the history of the plantation and its residents allowed us to feel we knew them personally. This plantation was recommended to us by our B & B hosts at Marigny Manor House in New Orleans. They were right on the money as the setting was beautiful and the perfect place to learn of the history of early Lousianna. Take your time to walk around the grounds and soak in the information shared by your guide. You can easily visualize the boats on the river and the sounds coming from the fields. Well worth the admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2009

Laura Plantation is a must see if you're visiting New Orleans. The tour was given by the owner, Norman, he was informative and entertaining. I learned a lot during this tour and I highly recommend visiting Laura Plantation.

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