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Whitney Plantation Tour

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Visit the Whitney Plantation of New Orleans and step back in time as you explore the 18th-century plantation museum, the only one of its kind in Louisiana. On this 5-hour guided tour you’ll see museum exhibits, memorial artwork, and restored buildings. Learn about an important part of American history as recorded from first-person slave narratives.
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  • Visit the historic Whitney Plantation on a day trip from New Orleans
  • Louisiana’s only plantation focused on the history of slavery
  • Learn about plantation life through recorded narratives and exhibits
  • Transport from New Orleans is included, so no need to rent a car
What to Expect
Board a coach in the French Quarter and leave New Orleans behind for the swampy shores of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. Arrive at Whitney Plantation, a one-time sugar and indigo plantation that dates back more than 260 years. Unique among Louisiana’s historic plantations, Whitney is dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in the American South.
Hear firsthand accounts of the hardships of plantation life through narratives recorded by the Federal Writers’ Project, and browse historic artifacts in a series of exhibits. See some of the surviving slaves cabins, which stand in sharp contrast to the stately Big House, considered one of Louisiana’s best surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture. Several memorials and pieces of art dedicated to the memory of enslaved people offer a chance to reflect before the return drive to New Orleans.
The tour ends at the original departure point.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Jim with one “M” was absolutely A-mazing!!! He was kind and knowledgeable. The driver was patient during commute traffic even though we were cut off a couple of times. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour and our time with Jim and Demita. #NevadaWasHere

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Learn the real history and not a "white-washed" feel good history of the foundation of the Antebellum south. Soul stirring...

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Our Gray Line tour guide Jim gave a stellar rundown on the way out to the plantation, at which point we switched to a guide employed by the plantation itself. It's a very moving tour as you learn about the life, history, and suffering of...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank TravelReviewer2019
Reviewed 1 week ago

If in the area you must make this a stop on list. This place is rich with history. Stories that are told by the viewpoint of the slaved were very powerful. The tour guy did an excellent job.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank bhollow216
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the tour, I think it’s important to remember the history of the plantations, particularly from the viewpoint of the slaves that worked them. The tour was informative, the guide enthusiastic but listen hard because she talks very fast! Gray line who operated the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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C4829WRlisam
July 2, 2019|
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Response from 236shanb | Reviewed this property |
The Whitney Tour I think took about 1.5 hrs. It is a guided tour with a staff member taking you around the plantation and giving you history of what happened . Our guide was absolutely fantastic!
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Response from Thomas M | Reviewed this property |
l would check web page, we are both senior discounts.
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Response from 991jillb | Reviewed this property |
I agree, I think if you were to contact them directly, you’d be able to change it.
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