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“interesting tour of an old southern slave plantation”

Destrehan Plantation
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Owner description: Built in 1787, this is the oldest plantation house in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Interesting tour of an old southern slave plantation. they did a nice job restoring the plantation, which had been left in disarray for years, apparently. very sobering to tour the old slave quarters. my only complaint was that the tour guide was a little odd and snooty, but it didn't take away from the experience.

Thank Yankeebaseball
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This plantation is about a half-hour drive from New Orleans. Our tour guide, James, was very good. His voice was clear and the information he conveyed was detailed without being overwhelming. He was open to questions and explained rules (no photography of the delicate Jefferson documents) firmly yet with humor. The house itself and the grounds are beautiful, and after the tour visitors are free to explore and enter some of the outbuildings.The educational center holds a strong exhibit on the 1811 revolt, an important piece of history; one of the tribunals was held on the Destrehan Plantation gallery. The plantation was also used as a Freeman’s Bureau whose purpose was to teach newly freed people trades to help them live independently, a fact emphasized by the many craft demonstrations: indigo dyeing,herbal remedies, carpentry, the history of the tignon, and more. I rarely comment on gift shops, but this one was worth going to, with well-made and attractive gifts for children through history buffs. The negative reviews seem to focus on one poor tour guide. People who show up late for tours have their reasons, but in a popular place (tourists, field trips) schedules have to be kept to.

Thank RachelRaven
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

My wife and completed this tour. It was awesome as the tour guides were very knowledgeable about the plantation. They went over the treaty of Louisiana was purchased and how the plantation change from manufacturing indigo dye to becoming a sugar manufacture.

Thank jeffwU2958ED
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Destrehan was one of the multiple plantations that we've visited in my time being in Louisiana. We went to Destrehan Plantation on December 29, 2017, and it was perfect. We enjoyed this plantation house very much.
For the people with a baby stroller. This plantation house can accommodate all people with baby strollers. There is an elevator located on the plantation and can be easily accessed. Tour guides will wait for you.
For the kids: This plantation house also includes a little scavenger hunt. When you go to purchase your tickets, the cashier will ask (if you have a child) if your child would like to participate in the scavenger hunt.
A little bit about the plantation: This is the largest plantation in the Mississippi river valley. The plantation had many owners as wells as slaves. The plantations went from producing then selling indigo to a sugar cane plantation. You will hear the rest in the tour.
Included with your tour is a little ten minute video. You can view this either before or after your tour. I would recommend doing it before so you can learn just a little bit about the plantation.
Thanks for reading.

3  Thank Kadin M
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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

My DH and two teens were in NOLA for a few days. We decided to head out of the city and drive along the Mississippi River for fun. We happened along Destrehan Plantation and stopped in for the tour. We were promised a 45 min guided tour, but would up enjoying an hour and a half of stories and explanations by the dynamic and informative Beverly. Would absolutely recommend this as a great way to learn about plantation and Life in the early days of Louisiana. You can roam the outdoor exhibits before and after the tour as well. Time well spent indeed!

Thank GeorgiaWanderer
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