Capture the essence of the Old South when you visit the historic Oak Alley and Laura Plantations from New Orleans. You need to make your own arrangements for getting to the plantations, which are about 1 hour’s journey from New Orleans. There are many transportation options available to you. Please consult your hotel concierge for assistance or look up www.neworleanstransportation.com on the Internet.
For this package you can organise the schedule to suit yourself. You can either choose to visit all the places on the Bucks County tour in one day or spread them over several days.
When you see Oak Alley, a former sugar plantation, you’ll think you’ve stepped onto a set from Gone With The Wind! The magnificent white Greek Revival house has a porch lined with Doric columns and is approached by a splendid avenue of 300 year old oaks. Not surprisingly, this is the most famous and (possibly the most photographed) plantation house in Louisiana.
The mansion was built in 1839 by Jacques Telesphore Roman III and so is younger than the avenue of 28 oaks. Historical documents describe the epic tale of five families and over 100 slaves that called this plantation their home.
The Oak Alley guided tour lasts 30 minutes and begins on the hour and half-hour. The self-guided tour of the plantation grounds is approximately 30 minutes.
Just a mile away is Laura Plantation, a different but equally fascinating experience. Four generations of families, freed and enslaved, lived here. Much is known about the delightful house and its inhabitants thanks to the memoirs of Laura Locoul Gore, after whom the plantation is named.
Originally known as DuParc, the plantation was established in 1755. The current house was built in 1805 by a French Créole family. The guided tour of Laura Plantation takes 1 hour, and there are no self-guided tours.
Your guide will give you a detailed picture of daily life on an 18th and 19th century plantation and intriguing insights into Creole society, the non-Anglo-Saxon culture and lifestyle that flourished in Louisiana before 1803. You will also discover an unexpected link between the plantation and the tales of Brer Rabbit!
Your tour will include the following:
• Features associated with Laura Locoul's Memories of the Old Plantation Home.
• The newly restored Big House, its raised basement and galleries, men's and women's parlors, service rooms and common rooms.
• The 200-year-old sugar plantation homestead with a visit to the three gardens: Jardin Français, the kitchen potager & BananaLand grove.
• One of the slave cabins, built in 1840, where the ancient west-African tales of Compair Lapin, better known in English as ‘Brer Rabbit’, were recorded.