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St. Joseph Plantation

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Owned by the same family since 1877. Still a working sugar plantation. Most guides are family members. Original outbuildings including manor home, slave cabins. Also, detached kitchen, blacksmith and carpenter's shop. Open Monday through Saturday.
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3535 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090-7073
+1 225-265-4078
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did Oak Alley first & were very disappointed, we decided to try St. Joseph next door & were so happy we did! The plantation has been passed down & is still run by family & is a working sugar plantation. You can take pictures...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank chuckdarci
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Baton Rouge, so I have been on a few plantation tours. This tour was very good. The plantation is not as flashy as Oak Alley, but they still have original slave cabins that you can visit. The house is very nice and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This plantation has been open to the public for a shorter amount of time than the others in the area. Without fancy signage, it feels less pretentious. We had just left Oak Alley which was really crowded. At St. Joseph’s which is family owned, there...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

St. Joseph's was our favorite of the 4 we visited. While it is far from the grandest, it provides a more realistic view of a working plantation and the way its occupants lived. It was one of 3 plantations owned by "Louis XIV of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed this tour of the St Joseph plantation. Having a direct descendant of the owners of the plantation leading your tour makes a big impact on the material being presented. Our guide connected us to the daily life of the time and showed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

I've been to New Orleans many times but this was my first plantation home tour. The rainy weather did not allow us (our choosing) to walk to/thru the sugar cane fields; however, outside what used to be the kitchen house, is a small sugar cane...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Our tour guide was Lynn, a member of the family which owns this working Plantation. She could not have been more knowledgeable, engaged, or informative. Lynn insisted that my wife and I pick some pecans and satsuma mandarins. When I told her I would like...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

We went to 3 plantations in one day and made this one part of our self guided tour. Glad we did. The perspective is much different and the tour is given by a family member with actual stories to add. It’s not focused at all...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

We did the Mourning Tour. And Really enjoyed it. Meeting with actual family members was impressive as well. A must see!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Maureen G, General Manager at St. Joseph Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2018

Thank you for coming to visit us and we are delighted that you enjoyed the Mourning Tour. Maureen

Reviewed October 10, 2018

It’s hard to choose which plantation to visit. While Oak Alley seems an obvious choice, the others are less known and all seem the same, and prices are also all more or less 20$. In the end, we picked the St Joseph because we found...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Maureen G, General Manager at St. Joseph Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Thank you for coming and for the review! Hope to see you in the future.

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January 4, 2019|
Response from FloraPhyllisNJ | Reviewed this property |
Yes you have to pay for a tour of the house. Well worth it. I think you can walk the grounds without paying, but I would recommend you ask first at the visitor center before doing so. It would be the courteous think to do... More
March 2, 2018|
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Response from St J | Property representative |
12,000 sq feet
March 9, 2017|
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Response from Lauri5460 | Reviewed this property |
2 hours max. It was fun, and the tour guide made it personal.
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Hello! Four of us will be in New Orleans the end of September to celebrate my friend getting married. So it will be my husband and I and my friend and her husband. We are flying from Omaha to Pensacola for their wedding and the monday after will be driving to New Orleans. I have been before and my friends husband has been before. So we have a slight idea of where to go and what to see but still looking for some advice. Because they are getting married we will be on a bit of a budget. We are...More
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Since you are driving from Pensacola you might want to consider stopping along the way. Ocean Springs, MS is a really cute little town, perfect place to stop for lunch and stretch your legs. Just a little past there in Gulfport, MS there is a good outlet mall.