Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site in Vacherie, LA

2247 Hwy 18Vacherie, LA 70090
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Overview

Centered around the lives of the family and slaves that once lived there, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site was named the best history tour in the United States! Hidden from the road behind branches of large oak trees stands the beautiful main house. Around the property, you will find several outbuildings, slave cabins, gardens, and a museum. See what the hype is about and snag your tickets today!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Vacherie Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: 75-80 minutes.
  • Family-friendly.
  • No height or weight restrictions.
  • Transportation not included.
  • Tour goes rain or shine.

Description

from Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Go beyond the myths of the American South at Laura Plantation, where intimate, firsthand accounts explore the lives of four generations of one Louisiana Creole family, both free and enslaved. Laura’s new, permanent exhibit examines in biographical detail the lives of Africans on the plantation, from enslavement into the 20th century.

In the heart of Plantation Country only 50 minutes from New Orleans, the fully guided experience includes the Big House, gardens & original 1840s slave cabins.

Laura is open daily from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM 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 4:00 PM.

Tours en français tous les jours à 11h, 13h et 15h. (Tours in French everyday at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM.)

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jimlake1948
Gatineau, Canada
"History at its best "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 26, 2020 NEW
If you are interested in the history of a Plantation this is the place to go. Might not be the most beautiful mansion but the story that the plantation guide told us was so impressive, how the slaves were treated and how they managed to survive.
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kkenzie16
Meridian, Idaho
"So Much History "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2020
I really enjoyed the tour at Laura! So much history and stories. Our tour guide was amazing. If your short on time with plantation tours, I would totally recommend Laura over the other ones. I just felt like I got a lot more info for my money and the grounds were amazing.
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Michael R
"Fascinating piece of history "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 29, 2020
This was a unique opportunity to learn about the amazing history of a creole plantation in Louisiana. There are so many stories tied to this place. It’s incredible seeing how slaves and their owners lived and worked running a plantation in the 1800s. Crystal was an excellent tour guide providing insightful history lessons on what took place here.
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nylady21
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Fascinating plantation tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2020
The multi-generational history of the owning family and the enslaved people who worked there was well presented. I enjoyed seeing the construction of the house including the fire damage. The view of the land that was once part of the plantation really helped me understand the scale of the original property. The quarters for the enslaved people were sobering. It was sobering to consider that once Emancipation occurred, the families who were then sharecroppers continued to be there until 1977. The property still has some ongoing restoration but it’s well worth visiting and supporting.
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Entrprise1
Bronx, New York
"Great tour of the entire house and the history of New Orleans"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2020
Al did a great job helping us understand who these Creoles were and are. A great look at a plantation that was run by generations of women and how the one that turned her back on slavery (Laura) is best remembered in this house. It is a story that would make a great telenovela series.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site

What are the hours of operation?
Laura is open daily from 9:30am - 4:00 pm 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 4:00pm.

Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee? 
The parking is free.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour? 
The main house was built in 1805 in the raised Creole style. Therefore, the basement is ground level; however, the main floor of the house requires 15 steps up/down to enter/exit. The slave cabin is 3 steps up/down. There are no elevators or ramps. If a guest can manage the stairs and have their companions carry their wheelchair or walker up the stairs that is feasible. Laura Plantation does not provide wheelchairs. The gift shop and restroom buildings are accessible by wheelchair and ramps. Pathways are either bricked or graveled.

What should I wear? 
On rainy days be equipped with a poncho or umbrella or purchase them in the gift shop. On hot days, wear comfortable/breathable clothes (shorts and a t-shirt)

Where is it located?
2247 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090.

Is the tour appropriate for children? 
The Laura Plantation tour is family friendly. Other than school-coordinated field trips, the material presented during the 75-80 minute tour is best suited for those ages 12 and up.

Is transportation included? If so, where is the pick-up spot or how do I arrange it?
No, transportation is not included. Laura Plantation is located in a rural, agricultural area one hour from the city center and beyond the TAXI, UBER or LYFT service areas. We are also located outside of the public transit system (RTA). You cannot take a streetcar, train or public bus to the plantations. Do not take a TAXI, UBER or LYFT to Laura Plantation unless you have pre-arranged for the driver to stay in the parking lot and to return you to the city after your tour is complete. Click here for transportation services: https://www.lauraplantation.com/discover/transportation.

Are stroller/wheelchair/locker/etc. rentals available? If so, what is the fee? 
No, stroller, wheelchair, and locker rentals are not available.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
The main house was built in 1805 in the raised Creole style. Therefore, the basement is ground level; however, the main floor of the house requires 15 steps up/down to enter/exit. The slave cabin is 3 steps up/down. There are no elevators or ramps. If a guest can manage the stairs and have their companions carry their wheelchair or walker up the stairs that is feasible. Laura Plantation does not provide wheelchairs. The gift shop and restroom buildings are accessible by wheelchair and ramps. Pathways are either bricked or graveled.

Can I leave and re-enter on the same day?
No, you may not leave and re-enter on the same day.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes, still photography for personal use is allowed during the tour. All photographs must be taken during the tour and guests are not allowed to go back onto the property for any photos. While still photography is allowed, video and or recording of any kind, using any electronic devices is PROHIBITED. Tripods and Selfie Sticks are also PROHIBITED.

How long is the tour? 
Approximately 75-80 minutes long.

What’s included in my ticket/experience? 
Go beyond the myths of the American South at Laura Plantation, where intimate, firsthand accounts explore the lives of four generations of one Louisiana Creole family, both free and enslaved. Laura’s new, permanent exhibit examines in biographical detail the lives of Africans on the plantation, from enslavement into the 20th century.

Can I bring my own food/beverages?
Bottled drinks are permitted on the tour as long as the bottle cap remains screwed tight inside of the house and slave quarters. Other food, gum and drinks in open cups or cups with lids/straws are PROHIBITED.  During summer months we recommend bringing bottled water and a fan with you.

Can I bring my pet?
Small pets may accompany the tour as long as they are carried in small carrying bag or if they are in a pet stroller. With the exception of service animals, no pets shall be allowed to walk on the tour by leash. Any animal that barks or makes noises that distracts the tour will be asked to leave immediately. If another customer has a severe animal allergy we will ask that you wait until the next tour. If you have a larger animal, we urge extreme caution if you leave your pet in a vehicle or RV. This is NOT recommended in South Louisiana heat.

What safety precautions are in place for the activity (if any)? 
For the protection of our historic house, museum site and our collections, handbags and backpacks should not exceed 11 x 14 x 5 inches (28 cm x 36 cm x 8 cm). This includes camera bags, diaper bags, etc. Tripods and Selfie sticks are PROHIBITED. Larger bags and motorcycle helmets may be checked in at the front desk. Ask for a claim ticket.