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.
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