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Laura Plantation, Vacherie

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#10 of 74 in Historic Sites in Louisiana
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Your guide at Laura Plantation will bring stories of past generations to life, revealing the lives of the slaves and the people who owned them here in Louisiana Creole country. Learn about those who ruled the sugarcane plantation and those who worked here in bondage. The main house, built in 1805, is filled with family heirlooms and Creole craftsmanship. You'll see everything from the basement to the galleries and offices, as well as slave cabins and the sugarcane fields still there today. Though slavery was abolished in 1865, local and migrant sugarcane workers who were paid continued to live in the plantation's slave quarters until 1977. Our Vacherie itinerary planner makes visiting Laura Plantation and other Vacherie attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This tour is comprehensive, informative, and enjoyable. Learning about the construction of the plantation house, the remarkable people who lived there, & the agriculture practiced here this a seminal ...  more »
  • We visited Laura and Oak Alley as a combined tour. I have to say that Laura was an absolute standout. Our guide was absolutely fabulous. Her level of knowledge about/and love for the Plantation was ob...  more »
  • We visited Laura and Oak Alley as a combination tour with Gray Line. While Oak Alley is exactly what you expect big house & beautiful grounds, it definitely has more of a "commercial" feel to it. Plus...  more »
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  • On a positive note, the plantation home was beautiful. I rather enjoyed the mini history lesson on the architecture of the home and the materials used. That is where things went down hill for me. Our tour group was too large to truly become fully engaged in the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable but gave a very sterilized version of history. The tour focused more on the lives of the family as opposed to the human beings that the family profited from. I learned about a child's acne in detail but not one personalized story about any of the slaves...... The tour guide did not entertain questions and the way the tour was set up, you were unable to stop and get a holistic view of each space. One other thing that bothered me was the way that basic history was sanitized to sound more pleasant. The guide did not lie about anything, but sometimes the way a story is told is important. For example, one of the male members of her family raped and impregnated a slave a few times............. You would have thought it was a love story.......... I would not recommend this plantation if you are interested at all in the true institution of slavery. If you are interested solely on how Europeans ran a plantation and how they were "successful" then this is the place for you......
  • It was a very interesting tour that talked about the people that lived and worked on the plantation. I liked the narrative that was told. Our guide was very knowledgeable. I appreciated the story it told about the plantation owners. I do wish there had been more about the slaves. Hopefully after they finish restoring some more of the slave quarters there will be more information given about how the slaves interacted with the owners and each other. The tour was also a bit rushed, you do not have much time to take pictures or look around. Overall, it was very entertaining. I would go there if you have time.
  • The young recently college bound tour guide we had was professional, but clearly reciting a script. There were a lot of pauses and 'ums' and 'has' while he racked his brain on what to say. We we're in a group of maybe 25 people when I feel like the rooms could hold maybe 15-20 comfortably. The gift shop comes off a little tacky - I'd recommend the Oak Alley Plantation instead.
  • Outstanding guides and employees. Kati did a wonderful job captivating us with the history behind Laura Plantation. It's a nice walk through history.
  • Really good tour filled with historical facts. Tour guide was obviously very passionate about the subject. Tour was very enjoyable!