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Destrehan Plantation
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Owner description: Built in 1787, this is the oldest plantation house in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We stopped by the Destrehan Plantation today. It wasn't busy, which was a plus. We arrived about 11:05 and tours happen every half-hour. It was my kids and I and we were the only ones on the 11:30a tour.

The cost for the three of us to get in was $38. From what I have seen on-line, it is one of the cheaper places -- which again was a plus.

I have it a "very good" rating, but this is the first plantation I have been to -- so I really have nothing to compare it to.

We were able to look at the grounds until our tour started (that took about 15 minutes). As other reviews stated, it is not the original.. really anything, but the house and the wash building. But, from what our tour guide stated, they either brought in actual buildings from other plantations in the area or they tried to replicate them as best they could.

Our tour started on time and it was just the three of us (another bonus). Our tour guide was an older gal without a lot of personality, BUT she got the job done just fine.

It took around 45 minutes to visit the house. Although the house switched owners several times, was abandoned for years, bought by an oil company, and then donated to a society to restore, they tried to replicate the items inside with time-period correct pieces.

Since the house was in ruins, there is only so much restored at this time that is open to the public.

We drove out, about a 25-minute drive from DT New Orleans. All-in-all, it was a neat part of history to see.

Happy travels!

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

It is quite rundown compared to some of the others. Still, if you've hired a car for the day worth stopping by to take a few photos.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Our tour guide was wonderful! He knew the history of the plantation, and had a great sense of humor. The grounds are full of beautiful plants, flowers and trees.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Destrehan Plantation, located just off the Hale Boggs Bridge on Interstate 310, was built in 1787 and Ronnie, our tour guide, didn't miss a beat as he recounted one historical moment after another. It is one of the few remaining examples of a colonial Louisiana house that has changed substantially and yet remained a functioning house for the past empires of indigo, sugar and petrochemical production after the property was sold in the early years of the 20th century. After vandalism and neglect, Destrehan has been beautifully restored to its former splendor. The mansion bleeds with history. There is an exhibit to detail the 1811 Slave Revolt. There is a copy of a document signed by then President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison that appointed plantation owner Jean Noel Destrehan and others to the Orleans Territorial Council. There also are demonstrations conducted daily on such trades as blacksmith, candle-making, weaving and open hearth cooking. It is a stroll back into the history of our country that can't be found at most other plantations.

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

OK, I now think I've had the worst tour guide. The woman who took us on the tour was way more interested in what other tour groups were doing (and commenting on them) and frustrated that she was heading to show us something and another group got there first, causing her to have to shift gears (unhappily so). She was also very disrespectful of the history, saying things like "this chick over here" - pointing to a portrait of a woman. After the house tour we then went to visit the rest of the property on our own but between the school bus loads that were visiting one of the demonstrations and the lateness of the day with demonstrations being closed down, we didn't get much exposure to the sights. The "slave" quarters are not original and were added to the property from some other plantation for show. And while the brochure states "it is documented that 'slaves were treated with fairness' one has to question why then, they were part of a slave revolt. As with other plantation visits, there is never really any sense of an apology for the treatment of slaves.

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