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Laura: A Creole Plantation

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
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Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's...

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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Wonderful, detailed look at the family and history of Laura Plantation

Echoing the sentiments of past reviewers, this is a wonderful guided tour with an almost overwhelming amount of detailed information given about the owners and families inhabiting... read more

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Echoing the sentiments of past reviewers, this is a wonderful guided tour with an almost overwhelming amount of detailed information given about the owners and families inhabiting Laura. Kati, our guide, had a charming Southern Louisiana accent and she was extremely knowledgeable regarding the property and the inhabitants, both free and enslaved. The tour moves quickly but we were able... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Camille was quite entertaining as our guide and really made the tour fun. A little too much detailed family history is given and it's hard to keep up with who's who in the family story. Plantation is nicely kept and the tour runs efficiently.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My daughter and I took a guided tour of Laura yesterday and our guide, Renee was very knowledgeable and mesmerized us with account of life on Laura back in the 19th century. The Creole plantation is a unique part of local history and the tour through the house and grounds was truly an engaging experience. We loved hearing about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our high expectations were not disappointed! After a friendly welcome at the service desk, we made a tour trough this awesome plantation. Buildings, furniture, all in real Creole style! Beautiful landscape, and especially the fascinating history of this plantation and its inhabitants in the past! Our tour guide Alex made our visit to a impressive journey into the past! Thank... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my 5th tour of Laura. I think it's a must visit for tourists of all ages. This time I had my three year grandchild in tow, two families with twin teens in each group and token adults. Our tour guide blew me away with the expanded history of Laura. I learned far more info this time than ever... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I went on this tour with friends while visiting New Orleans and really enjoyed it. I was at first skeptical about touring old plantations but was pleasantly surprised. The tour provided an interesting view of life on a Creole plantation and clarified my understanding of what being Creole meant. The personalized stories from the memoirs of the plantation's namesake were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting plantation tour, but no time to take pictures, even the lovely outdoor garden area with live oaks. We asked to take pictures outside the plantation after the tour, but were admonished to hurry to not interfere with the next tour. The tour guide keeps you moving rather quickly through the tour, but did provide a very thorough tour told... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We knew we had to go on a plantation tour while in New Orleans. The question was which. We ended up doing this one and Oak Alley in the same day. They are both on the same block and within five minutes of each other. They are vastly different and really can't be compared. It depends on what you are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great plantation tour. Our tour guide Kristen, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the history and people that built the plantation! She patiently answered each question and made herself available for questions afterwards.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The story of the Laura Plantation is the story of one remarkable woman, Laura Locoul Gore who was born when Lincoln was President and died when the president was John F Kennedy. She was a Creole, that is, a French Catholic colonist whose family settled there when Louisiana was part of France. Much later she left and married a Protestant... More 

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