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San Francisco Plantation
San Francisco Plantation
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Laura: A Creole Plantation
Laura: A Creole Plantation(Vacherie)
Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's... more Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 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 food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.

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Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Whitney Plantation
Whitney Plantation(Edgard)
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
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Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley Plantation(Vacherie)
Built in 1839, this plantation survived the Civil War.
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings
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St. Joseph Plantation
St. Joseph Plantation(Vacherie)
Owner description: Owned by the same family since 1877. Still a working sugar plantation. Most guides are family members. Original outbuildings including manor home, slave cabins. Also, detached... more Owner description: Owned by the same family since 1877. Still a working sugar plantation. Most guides are family members. Original outbuildings including manor home, slave cabins. Also, detached kitchen, blacksmith and carpenter's shop. Open Monday through Saturday. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Nearby recommended restaurants:

Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant
Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Vacherie
Price: USD 8 - 17
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Nobile's Restaurant & Bar
Nobile's Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Lutcher
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
B&C Seafood Market & Cajun Deli
B&C Seafood Market & Cajun Deli
Ranked #2 of 5 Restaurants in Vacherie
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Seafood
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Spuddy's Cajun Foods
Spuddy's Cajun Foods
Ranked #3 of 5 Restaurants in Vacherie
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch
Petra's Restaurant
Petra's Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 32 Restaurants in LaPlace
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

La Quinta Inn & Suites Boutte
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Boutte
USD 76 - 139
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boutte
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Nearby recommended accommodations:

La Place Days Inn
2.0 of 5
La Place Days Inn
USD 83 - 143
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in LaPlace
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Hampton Inn Laplace
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Laplace
USD 116 - 170
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in LaPlace
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites La Place
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites La Place
USD 106 - 184
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in LaPlace
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