Oh, sweet New Orleans, how we love you so! Beyond the French Quarter, the famous restaurants, and great parties, the Big Easy is also home to some of the most spectacular and historic real estate in the nation. Indeed, the best plantations in New Orleans for history are several. Oak trees, unique craftsman architecture, and a rich past make these plantations a must see for anyone visiting the city.
Not sure which plantation to choose? No worries, we here at TripShock have put together the 10 Best Plantations in New Orleans for History Tours! Choose one or more of the following New Orleans plantations for an unforgettable trip!
Laura Plantation is named after it's owner, Laura Locoul, who lived to almost 100 years old! Originally purchased by Laura's family in 1804, this 200 plus year old sugar plantation boasts 3 spectacular gardens, an eye-popping paint job, and beautiful architectural accents. Book your Laura Plantation Tour online!
The Old South comes alive at Oak Alley Plantation. Perhaps one of the most iconic landscapes in America, the Oak Valley Plantation features a quarter-mile long alley of symmetrically planted Oak trees leading up to the estate.
This plantation was also home to a famous slave named Antoine, who was a master of grafting. His skill and experimentation produced a pecan species whose nut was able to be cracked by hand! Deals on tours to this plantation can be booked online at Oak Alley Tours.
Houmas House Plantation was once the largest sugar plantation in the world. Recent updates to both the gardens and the mansion itself means a storybook setting that you have to see to believe! The grounds are fully equipped with some of the most valuable, highly sought after pieces of art and antiques in America. Get tickets for your Houmas House Plantation Tour online.
The Grand Mansion at San Francisco Plantation will amaze you with it's opulent gingerbread work and hand-painted ceilings. In fact, the plantation is so stunning it inspired famous author Frances Parkinson Keyes to pen her Mississippi River novel "Steamboat Gothic." Check out the sights, smells, and sounds of the river and book your tour online here for the best price on San Francisco Plantation tours.
Birthplace to the famous 19th century architect H. H. Richardson, St. Joseph Plantation is 2,500 acres of historical magic and natural beauty. The grounds include original slave cabins, a detached kitchen, artisan shops, and even a schoolhouse! Come enjoy a tour of this historic site with a member of the family as they guide you through the mansion and surrounding areas. Get your tour tickets here online at St. Joseph Plantation Tours!
Located on the historic River Road, Destrehan Plantation dates back to 1787. The Destrehan's sugar plantation was hugely successful and one of the contributing factors to Louisiana Statehood. In fact, the property is home to Orleans Territory Council documents signed by then President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison! Tours of this lush green plantation, its moss draped Live Oaks, and mystical surrounding waters can be booked online at Destrehan Plantation tours.
Whitney is one of the best plantations in New Orleans for history with it's in-depth looks at slavery on Louisiana sugar plantations. Both eye-opening and emotional, this River Road plantation features multiple museum exhibits, memorial artwork, and narratives written by the slaves themselves. Grab your spot on the historic Whitney Plantation Tour today!
Come experience the South's largest antebellum home at Nottoway! This Greek and Italianate style “White Castle” was completed in 1859 and features 53,000 square feet and 64 rooms. The construction of Nottoway was funded by John Hampden Randolph, a sugar planter, who sought to build the finest mansion on the Mississippi River. Like many plantations, it changed hands multiple times between then and now. Nonetheless, it still stands to this day! Get your tickets to tour this amazing location online at Nottoway Plantation Tours.
U.S. Army Colonel Richard Butler bought this fantastic plantation home from it's original owner in 1805 and named it "Ormond" after his ancestral Castle Ormonde in Ireland. Originally built in the late 1700's, Ormond Plantation is surrounded by a grove of mossy Cypress and Oak trees. Today, it plays host to a variety of historic tours, weddings, and special events.
Bocage Plantation was originally a wedding gift from planter Marius Pons Bringier to his daughter, Francoise Bringierin 1801. She was only 14 years old at the time! Bringier married Frenchman Chrisophe Colomb, who claimed to be a relative to Christopher Columbus. The home underwent a marvelous Creole-esque renovation project in 1837, and it's beauty continues to shine bright to this very day.