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Laura: A Creole Plantation

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Address: 2247 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090-5409
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
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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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A Must See While in Louisana

I visited this plantation on my second trip to Louisana. It was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Logan, was amazing with his knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to answer... read more

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Gardena, California
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I visited this plantation on my second trip to Louisana. It was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Logan, was amazing with his knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to answer questions with complete confidence. The history of this plantation is unlike any other plantation tour that I have taken. They do not skip over the importance of the slaves or the lifestyles... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This plantation is so different from the others in that it's a true Creole plantation. The colors are so vibrant as are the stories that go with them. The guide does a phenomenal job of weaving this family's story together. It was a wonderful experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

excellent guide with full knowledge of life and work and habitants of the plantation and its grounds.

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The architecture of this place is amazing, definitely not what one thinks of when someone says plantation, so getting this part of history was eye opening. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and full of information about the plantation; the family that owned it; and some of the slaves there. I forget the guides name, but if you get a young... More 

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Lisa, our guide, was awesome! Even though it was about 84F and 90% humidity, she kept upbeat, was very well informed about the history of the plantation and its residents, and made the tour really interesting. Only complaint-$20.00 is a bit much, and it would have been nice to see a senior discount on the pricing. Other than that-it was... More 

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...I was a bit disappointed when the tour guides skirted over the topic of slavery. I really didn't care much to know about the white plantation owners, that they were rich and prosperous. I wanted to hear about the black slaves, what they went through, how they felt before, during, after slavery was abolished. This tour was a waste of... More 

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This visit was wonderful! Our guide was Rose , the best guide I have ever had anywhere in the world. We learnt so much and were enraptured by her story telling. Go to learn about the Creoles and the slave trade.

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This guided tour is a great way to see the plantation. Our guide Rocky definitely brought the narration to life with the vivid stories of the plantation and history. Would have liked to have some time to explore the grounds on our own after the guided tour unfortunately this was not part of the tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Laura Plantation gives an actual look into slavery. The guided tour makes the entire visit worth every minute and you will leave a changed person. We took our 3 kids after a glorified tour at a neighboring plantation and didn't have high hopes for the historical content, at the Laura. We were surprised and pleased at the depth of... More 

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As opposed to some other plantations where you can take self guided tours, here you must go with a tour guide- and that is what makes it so good. Tours are every 40 minutes (at least in Sept. 2016), and the tour is 1 hour and 40 minutes in duration. Our tour guide Rose was wonderful - she was extremely... More 

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