Explore Louisiana’s top travel attraction! The Laura Creole Plantation is full of rich history.
About the Laura Creole Plantation
The best history tour in the United States is right here in New Orleans plantation country. Spend 90 minutes here and see the entire historic site. This plantation tour includes the maison principale (big house), the plantation kitchen garden, the French jardin, the banana grove, and the original 1840s slave cabins where the legendary tales of Compair Lapin (known in English as Br’er Rabbit) were first recorded.
Take time to browse through local arts, crafts, and souvenirs in the historic Laura Plantation gift shop. Don’t forget to visit the new museum exhibit displaying the daily lives of those who lived, free and enslaved, on the sugar plantation. Learn why Laura Creole Plantation was awarded the title of top travel attraction by The Louisiana Office of Tourism.
About the Oak Alley Antebellum Plantation
Explore the most photographed plantation in Louisiana! This home was built in 1839 and was originally named Bon Séjour (pleasant sojourn). The quarter-mile avenue of 28 giant live oak trees leading to the house was dubbed the Oak Alley.
The “Slavery at Oak Alley” exhibit shares the story of those who were enslaved on this sugar plantation from approximately 1835 to the end of the Civil War. It also shares insight into the daily lives of these slaves, including topics such as healthcare, punishment, and life after emancipation.
Oak Alley Highlights
- “The Confederate Commanding Officer’s Tent” exhibit
- The Sugar Cane Theater, which tells the story of sugar’s impact on the people of Oak Alley through video and historical artifacts
- The Blacksmith Shop, one of the few remaining 1890s-era forges of its kind in Louisiana