NEW ORLEANS PLANTATION TOURS
by Cajun Encounters
Step back in time with Cajun Encounters to New Orleans’ most famous plantations: Oak Alley, Laura, and Whitney.
Choose between Oak Alley, with its breath-taking tunnel of 28 live Oak trees; Laura, a Creole plantation; or Whitney, paying homage to the slaves of the plantation and across the American South. Take a combined tour of two plantations, or spend the day exploring Oak Alley. Hear the fascinating stories behind these historic landmarks. During the scenic drive out to the plantations, our certified tour guide will provide commentary on major landmarks and the changing Louisiana landscape, from downtown New Orleans, to the swamps and waterways, and through the vast crops and fields unique to this part of the country.
OAK ALLEY + LAURA PLANTATION COMBO TOUR
OAK ALLEY + WHITNEY PLANTATION COMBO TOUR
Explore Oak Alley, with its picturesque tunnel of live oak trees, and Whitney, a memorial to slave labor of the American south.
OAK ALLEY PLANTATION DAY TOUR
Take your time enjoying the Oak Alley tour and exploring the Big House, grounds, slave cabins, exhibits, and cafe.
COMPLETE TOUR PACKAGES
Whether you’re in town for two days or two weeks, we’ve put together the perfect New Orleans tour package for you. Discover the treasures of Louisiana!
Just up the river from Laura is the “Grande Dame” of the Louisiana River Road plantations, Oak Alley. Oak Alley plantation gets its name from the spectacular quarter mile tunnel of 28 oak trees that frame the driveway as you approach. Built in 1839 and facing the Mississippi River, the magnificent entrance to Oak Alley Plantation makes it a “Must See” destination on everyone’s list of historic Louisiana sites. This plantation was originally named Bon Séjour (“pleasant sojourn”), but became known as Oak Alley when riverboat passengers floating by marveled at the double row of giant oak trees leading to the mansion. Thanks to its classic appearance and beautiful restoration, Oak Alley Plantation has been featured in a number of movies and TV series, including the movie “Interview with a Vampire,” and Beyonce’s “Deja Vu” music video.
Read more about Oak Alley Plantation here.
The Whitney Plantation stands out from other attractions by truly paying homage to the slaves responsible for its rise. Take a guided tour of the home itself (“The Big House”), Slave Quarters, Wall of Honor memorial, Antioch Baptist Church, and other exhibits carefully built and preserved in the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the plantation. The Whitney dates back to the early 1700’s, when a German immigrant moved to Louisiana with his family and established a small farm, boasting only one pig. Thanks to indispensable slave labor, the plantation eventually grew to become quite successful, and at its peak produced over 400,000 pounds of sugar in one season. The present-day plantation serves as a memorial to the slaves who lost their lives, and the brutal labor responsible for the plantation’s success. Visitors experience a more raw, realistic view of the Old South than many other plantations offer. We invite you to explore a plantation like none other in Louisiana.
When you arrive, you can expect a one-hour tour from a passionate, highly knowledgeable guide. Your tour will take you through the basement of Laura, and up to the living quarters as you hear about the family’s troubled past. As you walk through the house, your guide will point out original historic artifacts that have been preserved to this day. After exploring the house, you’ll be guided through the mansion’s beautiful gardens and banana grove, past original slave quarters. Laura Plantation has taken great care in not only renovating the grounds, but also uncovering the true (and at times, devastating) history of the plantation’s family and slaves. You’ll hear all sides of the story, thoughtfully and respectfully recounted within the confines of the plantation’s slave cabin.