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Laura Plantation, Vacherie

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web
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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  • Laura Plantation, situated on River Road just upriver from the west bank community of Vacherie, Louisiana, is significant for its raised Creole plantation "big house" and its rare collection of outbui...  read more »
  • We visited the Laura after a visit to the nearby Whitney and were struck by the contrasts. Our tour guide was a wealth of knowledge about the family who owned the plantation, and the house was a reall...  read more »
  • This is a very large and beautiful plantation property rich with history, with wonderful tour guides that are well informed and engaging! Although Oak Alley is my favorite plantation property over all...  read more »
  • Laura's plantation was AWESOME! Our awesome tour guide, Joseph made you feel as if you were really there. He told interesting stories of the four generations that lived on that plantation. I didn't want to leave! I learned more things there than the history books teach at high schools today. If you plan on touring this beautiful and peaceful plantation, make sure you have Joseph as your tour guide.
  • Beautifully restored, lovely grounds, great gift shop, easy drive from New Orleans, knowledgeable guides. I really enjoyed this visit and the story of Laura. Be sure to buy the book.
  • Very interesting, engaging tour. Would definitely recommend. Two small complaints: 1 Our guide moved so quickly she began the next piece of her presentation before everyone caught up to the new room/are. 2 Whole this was not a whitewashing by any stretch of the imagination--I think it was a relatively balanced portrayal of indignities of slave life and that of Creole culture--I would have much liked to have heard more about slave life on the plantation. The tour is based significantly on the memoirs of one former owner, Laura, and at one point her story reveals she was rather ignorant of what the slaves on her own property ensured (the Civil War would have happened in her youth as I recall). So it might be the presentation was lacking because her memoirs were lacking but it is a shame. The plantation itself is gorgeous and elegant and yet rustic. It is very peaceful out there.
  • What a great tour guide Rose was! She made you feel as if you were there at that time period. She is so knowledgeable about everything there. Loved learning the history and seeing it preserved so well! Highly recommend coming here. Came in April and loved the weather.
  • Absolute highlight of my trip to Louisiana. Ethan is the best tour guide I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I learned so much!
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