It is a shame that LA doesn't offer a guide to the plantations of the area! After lots of research, we created our own driving tour of the area, beginning at Destrehan with the ladies at the St Charles Parish Tourist Info Center which is located in the store at Destrehan. They provided a list with milemarker guides to local plantations and we picked up some trinkets to remember Destrehan as well. One thing to note before visiting the plantations is that there are a LOT of choices and you have to base which one you choose on the aspect of plantation life / Louisiana history that you wish to focus on - from slavery at Whitney to the history of the Creoles at Laura, there are plantations with focus on different areas, different time periods and different aspects of history. The ladies at the Destrehan will help plan a route and make recommendations. Aside from Destrehan, Laura and Oak Alley are the most focused on history, Whitney focuses on slavery, and St Joseph and Evergreen offer tours as well, although they are less commercialized than the others. Some of the plantations down River Rd are now private residences and honestly sometimes it's hard to tell a plantation "big house" from another house in the area, but with the guide and wikipedia a great day is planned down the river road!
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