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Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour

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    Pass By: Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, LA

    This is an off-the-beaten path, away from large tourist crowds, small group tour. A 14 passenger tour van and excellent driver/guide pick you up at your New Orleans hotel and narrate the scenic 90-minute drive out of New Orleans.
    Ride along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain and prepare for a pilgrimage back in time to the Antebellum South. There will be a scenic crossing of the Mississippi River on a high suspended bridge. Then you'll take a short ride upriver to Whitney Plantation's Louisiana Museum of Slavery.

    Stop At: Whitney Plantation, 5099 Highway 18, Wallace, LA 70049-2803

    Recently opened to the public, it exposes the harsh realities and raw historical facts of this dark side of American history. The 90-minute guided tour includes a short video detailing the history of this mansion from 1790 followed by a guided walking tour of the restored buildings and museum. The restored plantation outer buildings, exhibits, slave narratives, and memorial artwork recreate the world of a pre-Civil War sugar plantation and the lives of the slaves who lived, worked, and died there.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: St. Joseph Plantation, 3535 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090-7073

    A short ride through sugar cane fields brings you to St. Joseph Plantation, a Creole style, family-owned working sugar cane plantation since 1877. The one-hour tour gives 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 an ancestral home, grounds, and dependencies (including original slave cabins). The movie 12 Years A Slave was filmed there. Driving back to your New Orleans hotel takes 90 minutes. Lunch is not included but snacks and drinks can be purchased at both gift shops.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Reviewed 21 May 2019 via mobile

    If only every plantation focused on the story of those whose backs it was built on. The Whitney is a haunting tribute to the lives of the enslaved who worked on the plantation. Highly recommend. It’s about forty minutes outside of New Orleans, and worth...More

    1  Thank peepsandco
    Reviewed 15 May 2019 via mobile

    From initial booking onwards, great communication from this company making sure you know where and when to be collected. Our driver was the brilliant Katha Fields who was both very knowledgeable and very funny. Extremely interesting. From the minute we were collected to being dropped...More

    Thank LoveLifeLoveChampers
    Reviewed 18 April 2019

    The Whitney Plantation is an outdoor museum dedicated to the memory of those who endured slavery. The tour was outstanding and our tour Guide Ali was a passionate and inspired speaker. There are sculptures of the enslaved children of the plantation and narratives depicting the...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank donna_carolyn
    Reviewed 17 October 2018

    We had a great tour guide. PIck up from hotel was timely and van driver was quite knowledgeable about the scenic ride to and fro and during the visit.

    Date of experience: July 2018
    2  Thank Martha O
    Reviewed 29 August 2018

    the tour over all was great!. we received a ton of information, not just at plantation's but also on the ride with our driver John. he was a native and had all types of stories of the history, culture and the food. He made the...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
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    Response from donna_carolyn | Reviewed this property |
    Hi yes we went with Cajun Adventure tour company and combined Whitney with Oak Alley. The tours of both plantations were so incredibly different. It was a useful contrast. X
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    Response from donna_carolyn | Reviewed this property |
    Hi I went with Cajun tours. . I did not go to the st Joseph plantation and found it difficult to find a Whitney trip advisor single place to give feedback. Cajun tours combine this with other tours such as oak valley... More
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