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“DISGUSTING! Shameful. Embarrassment to Americans.”

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
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Small-Group Tour of Oak Alley and Laura Plantation from New Orleans
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Owner description: Go beyond the myths of the American South and explore the complex and intimate relationships of 4 generations of one Louisiana Creole family, both free and enslaved. Laura’s new, permanent exhibit examines in biographical detail the lives of Africans on the plantation, from enslavement into the 20th century. In the heart of Plantation Country on the Mississippi River, the fully guided experience includes the Big House, gardens & original 1840s slave cabins. 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 and Creole food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Sooo wish I'd read more reviews. Boring tour about just one random family without much reference to society and the broader culture. To point to a small shack and ask tour guests to "guess how many slaves got to sleep in there," made me sick to my stomach. There was no discussion of slave life except for the tiny shack in which 5 "got to sleep." The guide painted a positive picture of a successful business woman, whose sugar cane fields did great until things changed with the civil war. I was so,ashamed to be a white American with such scant regard for those who did the work as slaves. Please don't support this place. I don't think it is educational to sweep misdeeds under the rug. Educational means increasing awareness; this organization diminishes awareness.

15  Thank Erie S
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Recently 2 friends and I toured the River Road Plantation Home Parade. Our tour guide was Norman Marmillion who is the owner of the plantation. He shared a lot of the history of Laura. It is a different style of a plantation home as it was mostly used for business transactions as the family maintained a residence in New Orleans. Several generations of women actually ran the plantation business and were named Presidents of the company. A book written by Laura Gore with comments by Norman and Sand provide additional information on the daily life of the plantation and the ancestry of the owners. The gift shop is very nice and has wonderful items that are indigenous to the area. Be sure to stop there as well. And important to me, the restrooms were clean and very nice.

1  Thank Frieda C
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Not what I expected of a plantation, but the Creole style was interesting and the slave quarters were fascinating. The banana garden was a nice place to walk, even if the tour was a little bit cheesy.

Thank SueG105
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Went there because of all the great reviews on here, and it was worth the visit.
We had a young guy who was a little too hasty and spoke very fast, I somehow got the feeling the goal of the day was to get as many tours in a day as possible, which is a pity. This wonderful plantation deserves better.
Now I had to rush to take pictures, hurry up to stay with the group ink order to make sure to get the full story.
( one is not allowed to wonder around solo at your own pace to take pictures...)

Thank stockychaser
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

This was a very informative and educational tour-- the guide was animated and seemed interested in the history she was sharing with us. We're glad we chose to tour the Laura Plantation vs. some others in the area because it seemed to have more history particular to the area and culture while still giving the perspective of the family and slaves who lived there.

Thank Teresa G
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