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“Classic creole plantation”

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
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Laura Plantation Tour
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Vacherie
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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 February 9, 2014

Laura is an excellent example of a Creole plantation with a rich history that comes to life with the help of outstanding tour guides. Not the classic large white big house plantation, Laura is an historic gem with family intrigue and examples of life before the emancipation. Great tour!

Thank Larry N
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

I came here on a tour that combined a visit to Oak Tree Plantation to Laura's.

What I enjoyed about Laura's is the fact that the tour went outside of the main house and you got a better feeling of what life was like for the family through the generations. They have done a great job of restoring the property and outbuildings.

As I went to the 2 main plantations - you can't help but compare and I have to say that having cut-outs to represent the main family members was abit of a let down but still met the objective which was to tell the story.

The on-site store was great with relevant books about life in the South at the time for around at the time. If you are able I would recommend a visit.

Thank Deneshae
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

This was our families favourite thing to see on our Louisiana trip. Give yourself about 2 hours to go on the tour and enjoy the gift shop. Very interesting and informative and our guide did a great job. I got some Great souvenirs here! Very neat gift ideas. Very much worth the trip to see this.

1  Thank Dana888
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

This was my second visit to Laura in three years. I enjoyed the visit today just as much as our first time. (You pick up on things you didn't hear the first time around).

Steven, the tour guide , was exceptional. Made everyone in the small group feel welcome. Very friendly young man with a great sense of humor.

Tip: if you travel out independently, there is an amazing little family run cafe a few blocks away.
Anyone on staff can give you directions to "B&G". This is the real deal. They serve the best gumbo in Louisiana. It is based on an old family recipe. If there was ever "magic in a bowl" this would be the stuff. Don't let the "no frills" exterior deter you, go inside for the food. Your tummy will thank you.

2  Thank Kelly B
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Laura Plantation is about 1 hour from New Orleans but it might as well be in another world. Right on the Mississippi River, Laura Plantation was one of many Creole-owned/operated plantations that followed the river all the way up to Baton Rouge. Our tour guide, Camille, knows her history and presents it beautifully. Laura Plantation, defies the "Tara" mystique. Female owned and operated, it was a very successful competitor in the sugar cane trade. Creole culture is alive and well when presented by Camille on this tour. Don't pass up a chance to visit..

1  Thank Carol J
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