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New Orleans Attractions
 

New Orleans Area Plantations

New Orleans Area Plantations

They were once the mainstays of a regional agrarian economy, as well as the bastions of a genteel culture. Now they are major tourist attractions offering windows into a bygone past. They are the plantations, and in southern Louisiana there are a good number of them within easy driving distance of New Orleans.

 
New Orleans Area Planatations
Bocage Plantation
39050 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725 [Map It]
(225) 588-8000
www.bocageplantation.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Considered a jewel of the River Road plantations and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bocage Plantation is an original, historic treasure of Louisiana. The antebellum mansion, with tree-lined path, two-story columns and elegant decor, has deep historic ties to the early colonization of the Southern United States. The mansion hosts daily tours, private events, and Bed & Breakfast stays. Bocoage Plantation is located just an hour outside of New Orleans and is a perfect day-trip excursion for visitors looking to experience the rich history of Louisiana.
Destrehan Plantation
13034 River Rd., Destrehan, LA 70047 [Map It]
(985) 764-9315, (877) 453-2095
www.DestrehanPlantation.org

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Closest Plantation from N.O. Costumed tour guides, exhibits include an original document signed by Thomas Jefferson and Folk Art depicting the 1811 Slave Revolt. Period craft demonstrations daily.
Evergreen Plantation
4677 Hwy. 18, Edgard, LA 70049 [Map It]
(985) 497-3837
evergreenplantation.org

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Evergreen Plantation is the most intact plantation complex in the South with 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including 22 slave cabins. Evergreen has its country's highest historic designation and joins Mount Vernon and Gettysburg in being granted landmark status for its agricultural acreage. Today, Evergreen Plantation remains a privately owned, working sugar cane plantation. People live here and work here. Evergreen Plantation is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725 [Map It]
(225) 473-9380
www.houmashouse.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a Grand Southern Mansion surrounded by the South's most beautiful gardens. Our recent restoration of the Mansion and Gardens offers our guests a view of the way life was in the early 1800's when sugar was king and Houmas House was the largest sugar plantation in the world. Guests will view a museum quality collection of antiques and artwork and will enter each of the rooms. There are no ropes to restrict the experience of touring the Mansion. We offer two restaurants to enhance the experience. Our Latil's Landing Restaurant is in the French House built in 1775, and is a part of the Grand Mansion. Latil's was named one of the Top 20 Restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine.
Laura: A Creole Plantation
2247 La Hwy. 18 River Rd., Vacherie, LA 70090 [Map It]
(225) 265-7690, (888) 799-7690
www.lauraplantation.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Named 'Top travel attraction in Louisiana' by LA Travel Promotion Assn. Daily tours based on Laura's memoirs of detailed life on the 1805 Creole plantation. 50 minutes from New Orleans.
Madewood Plantation
4250 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390 [Map It]
(985) 369-7151
www.madewood.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations
Malus Beauregard House
8606 West St. Bernard Ave., Chalmette, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 589-2133
www.nps.gov

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations, Historic Site
Nottoway Plantation
31025 Louisiana Hwy. 1, White Castle, LA 70788 [Map It]
(225) 545-2730
www.nottoway.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Experience antebellum grandeur in a riveting tour of the South's Largest Plantation Home. Featuring newly-renovated guest rooms, fine cuisine and wines in the new Mansion Restaurant and beautiful gardens. Perfect for weddings and special events.
Oak Alley Plantation
3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090 [Map It]
(225) 265-2151, (800) 442-5539
www.oakalleyplantation.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Come and enjoy her beauty and dream of her rich past. Explore 25 acres of history and romance, regret and rebirth, tragedy and triumph. Stoll these historic acres and see the legacies left by the Romans, the Stewarts & those in between. Step back into antebellum elegance and tour the Big House with a guide in period dress. And witness the reconstructed slave quarters to understand the lives of the workers whose labor made plantation life and its luxuries possible. Visit the Civil War Interpretive Exhibit which consists of a commanding officer's tent, staffed most days by one of our three Civil War interpreters.
Ormond Plantation
13786 River Rd., Destrehan, LA 70047 [Map It]
(985) 764-8544
www.plantation.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Ormond Plantation is a historic Louisiana landmark built in the late 1700s. The house is built in the “Louisiana Colonial” style, with bricks and large cement columns, which create the house’s front porch. The plantation land is lined with beautiful Cyprus and Oak trees that are covered in Louisiana’s native Spanish moss. The plantation is open daily for tours and lunch, and also hosts private-events, including weddings and meetings, year round. Visitors can also stay at Ormond’s Bed and Breakfast, which is located inside the antebellum house and furnished with original antique decor.
San Francisco Plantation
2646 Highway 44, P.O. Box 950, Garyville, LA 70051 [Map It]
(985) 535-2341, (888) 322-1756
www.sanfranciscoplantation.org

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations
St. Joseph Plantation
3535 Hwy. 18, Vacherie, LA 70090 [Map It]
(225) 265-4078
www.stjosephplantation.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Plantations

Description: Authentic tour of a Creole sugar plantation. Explore original slave cabins and many exhibits about early life on the plantation. Annual "Mourning Tour" runs October 1 - November 2 and depicts 19th Century Creole mourning customs.
 
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