|Summer Means Water Fun
Fishing and water sports top the recreational activities in New Orleans Plantation Country. Our many boat launches will allow you to cast a line for freshwater or saltwater fish. Our swamp tours can provide a peaceful, scenic exploration with colorful guides and exotic wildlife or thrilling airboat rides into our amazing swamp ecosystems.
Summer Also Means Snowballs
To make a trip to New Orleans Plantation Country even sweeter, we have the shaved ice treats perfected in New Orleans in the 1920s. Made with a variety of syrups and even condensed milk or other toppings, you will crave these treats once you've had your first official snowball! To find a list of snowball stand locations, click here.
|150 Years of Civil War History
New Orleans Plantation Country is a treasure trove of Civil War history. With this spring marking the 150th year commemoration of the American Civil War, there is no better place to witness the history of the War Between the States. You will find numerous plantations that survived and hear the stories of soldiers, slaves and everyday people who took part in this historic tragedy. For more plantation history, click here.
River Road Historical Society Named Finalist In Toyota Contest
River Road Historical Society which owns Destrehan Plantation and other historical sites along the River Road, was named one of 500 finalists in Toyota's giveaway of 100 vehicles to non-profit organizations, based on public votes. Your vote will help the River Road Historical Society in their quest for a Toyota Highlander. They will be one of the featured organizations for voting on June 9, so mark your calendars to place your vote at Toyota's Facebook page.
Destrehan Plantation Commemorates 200th Anniversary of 1811 Slave Revolt
Destrehan Plantation in cooperation with the New Orleans African American Museum in Treme and Tulane University announces a yearlong commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the largest slave revolt on American soil. On January 8, 1811, several hundred slaves revolted, beginning with an attack on slave drivers at Andry Plantation, then spreading to multiple plantations down the Mississippi River. The revolt ended two days later with the defeat of the slaves by Louisiana Militia forces. Destrehan Plantation was the site of the St. Charles Parish tribunal which executed 18 of the slaves involved. The rebellion was not successful, but it demonstrated the slaves fierce desire to be free.
For more, including special Juneteenth programs, click here
The Mint Julep
Cool off with a cool drink!
Both Oak Alley Plantation and Houmas House feature the mint julep - a traditional Southern drink of mint, bourbon and ice.
The Houmas House recipe is below, but visit Oak Alley's site for their special mint syrup available for order.
Houmas House Plantation Mint Julep
8 mint leaves
1 tablespoon simple syrup, (equal amounts water and sugar, heated until sugar melts), cooled
2 ounces bourbon
Splash Club Soda
Sprig of mint for garnish
Put the mint leaves and the syrup in the bottom of a tall glass. With the handle of a wooden spoon, crush and mash the leaves to extract the flavor. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Pour in the bourbon and top off glass with club soda. With a long-handled spoon, stir to chill and mix. Garnish with a sprig of mint.