Laura: A Creole Plantation - Louisiana, A World Apart
According to Lonely Planet Travel, the “Best History Tour in the United States” is right here in New Orleans Plantation Country. So, what makes a visit to Laura: A Creole Plantation so special? Here, guests are treated to more than a house and antiques tour. Here – like nowhere else in the South – visitors become totally immersed in Louisiana’s rich, Creole culture.
Laura: A Creole Plantation offers a 70-minute tour that is based on 5,000 pages of documents from the French National Archives related to the free and enslaved families who lived here. Professional guides will share the compelling, real-life accounts of 7 generations of Laura Plantation’s Creole inhabitants. Discover what life was like for the plantation owners, women, slaves and children who once called this centuries-old, sugar cane farm their home.
With 11 structures listed on the National Register, Laura Plantation offers guests the chance to explore its newly restored Manor House, the formal and kitchen gardens, Banana-Land grove, and its authentic Creole cottages and slave cabins.
But perhaps Laura Plantation is best known for the West-African stories the home’s former slaves related to folklorist Alcée Fortier. Recorded at the slave cabins here in the 1870s, they were later popularized in English and became the “Tales of Br’er Rabbit.”
It’s no wonder why Laura: A Creole Plantation was awarded the title of “Top Travel Attraction” by the Louisiana Office of Tourism. Come and discover for yourself a cultural tour experience unlike anything else in the country.
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