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Top 5 Reasons We Love New Orleans Plantations

Mike Fisher

Top 5 Reasons We Love New Orleans Plantations

New Orleans Plantation Country is home to 10 of the country's oldest, largest, and most beautifully designed homes! Dating back over 200 years, New Orleans plantation homes are designated historical landmarks by the U.S. government.

All ages love the allure of these magnificent estates, making Plantation Country a top vacation destination year-round. Besides the close proximity to New Orleans tours and attractions, discover the Top 5 Reasons We Love New Orleans Plantations!

 

1. History

 

view of destrehan plantation

Destrehan Plantation is the closest plantation home to New Orleans, as it takes only about 30 minutes to get there from the French Quarter

 

From slave labor to rumored pirate treasure, history is everywhere in New Orleans Plantation Country! Destrehan Plantation, for example, was established in 1787, and remains the oldest plantation home in the South.

Ancient structures, including restored slave quarters, are on display at many plantations, with history buffs demonstrating the use of old-world tools and comforts. Experienced guides will let guests in on secrets not heard anywhere else, like the creation of the "Br’er Rabbit" folktales, and the signing of the 1804 "Jefferson Document."

Book a historic Destrehan Plantation tour by selecting the “Book Now” button below:

 

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2. Nature

 

front view of oak alley plantation

According to a recent traveler story, the Oak trees at Oak Alley make for a perfectly picturesque landscape

 

Plantation Country was built among ancient swamplands, further adding to the region's captivating allure. Exotic Gulf Coast wildlife including birds, reptiles, and unusual mammals, make for fascinating sights in the swamps and forests.

Plantation grounds contain some of the most well-manicured gardens and grounds in the country. Named for the 28 hulking Oak trees leading to the entrance, Oak Alley Plantation is a shining example of Plantation Country's elegant touch.

See the elegant Oaks at Oak Alley Plantation for yourself, by utilizing the “Book Now” button below:

 

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3. Art and Design

 

san francisco plantation with stunningly scenic views

The bright colors and beautiful art at San Francisco Plantation make it one of the most stunningly scenic views in all of Plantation Country

 

Grand buildings and structures define plantation home architecture and design. Once the homes of the country's wealthiest and most influential residents, New Orleans plantations feature plans laid out by famous architects such as Joseph Pilié, the man that helped design many of New Orleans' original levees, wharves, and buildings.

Antiques and artwork line the floors and walls of Plantation Country houses. Priceless artifacts are found around every corner, turning each historic mansion into a glamorous museum.

Touring San Francisco Plantation is a great way to see the amazing art of the past; select the “Book Now” button below to bask in its beauty:

 

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4. Food

 

houmas house plantation with stunningly scenic view

The grounds at Houmas House are just as delicious as their buffet

 

Many New Orleans plantations offer on-site dining. From snack bars, to the Houmas House's "Latil's Landing," voted a "Top 20 Restaurant in America," you are sure to find delicious Creole and Cajun food while visiting Plantation Country! Enjoy classic Louisiana recipes in the form of Crawfish Etouffee or a Sazerac Cocktail while taking in Houmas Plantation sights.

Fill up on amazing history and delicious food by utilizing the “Book Now” button below:

 

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5. Pop Culture

 

evergreen plantation with stunningly scenic view

Evergreen Plantation is one of the most intact plantations, with 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including 22 slave cabins

 

Some of the greatest pieces of art and entertainment in the past century have taken place at New Orleans' brilliant plantations! Even into the 21st century, such Hollywood hits as Django Unchained (Evergreen Plantation), and 12 Years a Slave (Destrehan Plantation), were filmed in Plantation Country. Most recently, season 1 of the TV hit True Detective took place at locations throughout the area, including shots of scenic plantation grounds.

Use the “Book Now” button below to book a small group tour of Evergreen plantation. This is a great way to see the set of Django Unchained:

 

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No matter the reason for your visit, plantation homes and their grounds are a sight to be seen! Whether it’s the history or the sheer beauty of the plantation that draws you in, you’ll be happy you made the trek to the famous River Road!

   

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