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From New Orleans: Whitney Plantation Tour

1. From New Orleans: Whitney Plantation Tour

In 2014, Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262-year history, as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery.  Gain a unique perspective on the enslaved people who lived and worked here through museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings, and hundreds of first-person slave narratives. The early owners of Habitation Haydel, later known as the Whitney Plantation, became wealthy producing indigo before the plantation transitioned to sugar in the early 1800s.  Whitney is also significant because of the number of historic outbuildings which were added to the site over the years, thus providing a unique perspective on the evolution of the Louisiana working plantation. The Big House is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture and one of the earliest raised Creole cottages in Louisiana.  The Whitney Plantation Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. As a site of memory and consciousness, this site pays homage to the slaves on the plantation itself and to all of those who lived elsewhere in the United States.

Whitney and St. Joseph Plantation Tour

2. Whitney and St. Joseph Plantation Tour

Follow the guide off the beaten path, away from tourist crowds, on this unique pilgrimage for a trip back to the Antebellum South as you drive upriver along the Mississippi River to visit 2 unique Louisiana Plantations. A Scenic crossing of the Mississippi River on a high suspended bridge, then a short ride upriver brings you to Whitney Plantation: Museum of Slavery. Recently open to the public, it exposes the harsh realities and raw historical facts of this dark side of American history. Get a guided tour of the restored buildings and museum exhibits. The slave narratives and memorial artwork recreate the world of a pre-Civil War sugar plantation and the lives of the slaves there. A short ride through sugar cane fields brings you to St. Joseph Plantation, a Creole style family-owned working sugar cane plantation since 1877. Your tour guide will give you a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the many interesting people who have called this plantation 'home'. Many tours are guided by family members themselves. It is a relaxed, intimate visit to tour an ancestral home, grounds and dependencies (including original slave cabins). It is the location where the movie: "12 Years a Slave" was filmed.   * On Tuesdays, the Whitney Plantation is closed and replaced by the Evergreen or Laura Plantation.

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What people are saying about Whitney Plantation

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 149 reviews

It was a very emotional and overall great experience. Though I knew some history about plantations in general…it was a whole different feeling actually walking through one. We used the app as our guide which I felt made the experience even more personal because it was just me and my headphones at my pace. We chose this plantation because We wanted to hear from those those that had ancestors who were enslaved. We would recommend this tour to all!!

A very inciteful, enlightening and humbling tour. Worth the trip over the other plantations. Deals with the painful truth of slavery and not set out as a grand house which other tours seem to be. Educational. But give yourself time to take it all in. A lot of information.

Powerful, thank you Clint Smith for writing “How the Word is Passed”, which is how we came to visit the Whitney Plantation.

The experience was great but also saddening because of how the slaves lived and were treated.

I have been on a lot of tours before, but this one was the most eye opening ever.