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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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Our guide Camille was hugely knowledgeable and passionate about the history and culture that made Laura prosperous and was proud of the fact that the you can see the original... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our guide Camille was hugely knowledgeable and passionate about the history and culture that made Laura prosperous and was proud of the fact that the you can see the original slave cabins alongside the grand plantation house. Nothing was sugar coated and we were left with a clear understanding of the utter brutality and injustice of the system. The tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The history of sugar plantations in Louisiana is a history of slavery in America. What struck my teenager children and me the hardest, as we learnt from visiting to Laura Planation and the Oak Alley Plantation, is that slavery, since its first onset in 1720s, did not really end in America until 1977, even though it was outlawed by Lincoln... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was not the biggest or most grand plantation, but the experience beats out any other tour of this type. Walking to the house with an umbrella in the rain, the quiet, reverent walk to the house, brought you to the past. Our tour guide, Stephan, had an amazing presence as he told us the story of the families that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Despite having grown up in Louisiana, it took a trip back home to visit my parents to see this delightful plantation! It's well worth the effort to get to, but you will need to set aside a couple of hours to take the tour and wander the grounds. Absolutely fascinating history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited as part of a day tour that combined Laura Plantation with Oak Alley. For me Laura Plantation was the highlight although I think it is wise to see both places if you have time as they are very different. We had Kati as our guide. She was fantastic and very informative. So good in fact that my wife... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We did this in combination with Oak Alley. The group of 16 that went all chose this plantation as the second one to see. Story wise, this was the more intriguing of the two plantations. Our guide, Joseph, did a fantastic job! He goes over the people that actually lived in the house when it was a full functioning sugar... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After passing through the gift shop, the tour begins on the approach path to the main house of the Laura Plantation. Our tour guide, Cameron, did an excellent job explaining the history of the house, it's owners and the role of the business in the area. He had a great technique of dropping small hints about the things to come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ethan was our tour guide and he presented historical information in such a great way!! We had just visited another plantation before this and let me say, Ethan blew them away!! Thank you for a great tour of a beautiful home with so much history. Loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Laura in April this year as part of a marching band trip to New Orleans. This tour was by far the best one I went on the whole trip. The guide was very informative and detailed, and spoke honestly of the slavery and hardships of the plantation. I would for sure go back if I ever find... More 

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The plantation was recommended to us as the one which goes into the history of slavery. We were astounded by the history and level of details. You have to have the tour and can't just walk around by yourself. Our guide was very knowledgable and enthusiastic. Some points she spoke so fast that we struggled to understand her deep accent... More 

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