If you see only one plantation, make it Laura, simple on the outside but utterly absorbing within. It has no hoop-skirted guides, offering instead a thorough view of daily life on an 18th- and 19th-century sugar plantation, a cultural history of Louisiana’s Creole population, and a mesmerizing, in-depth examination of one Creole family. Much is known about this house and its residents thanks to extensive records (more than 5,000 documents researched in France), including the detailed memoirs of its namesake, proto-feminist head-of-household Laura Locoul. Many of the original artifacts on display—from cookware to jewelry—were saved by employees in a devastating 2004 fire, after which the main house and a slave cabin were accurately restored to the 1805 period. Tours are offered in French daily. Fun fact #1: The beloved Br'er Rabbit stories were first collected here by a folklorist in the 1870s. Fun fact #2: Fats Domino’s parents lived on this plantation.
Great River Road
Great River Road› Attraction
Laura: A Creole Plantation
2247 Hwy. 18, Vacherie, USA
Our Rating Neighborhood Vacherie Hours Daily 10am–4pm; last tour begins at 4pm. Closed Jan 1, Mardi Gras, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Dec 25. Phone 888/799-7690, 225/265-7690 Prices Admission $25 adults; $23 military and AAA members; $15 teens 13–17; $10 children 6–12; free for children 5 and under Web site Laura: A Creole Plantation Other Tours run every 40 min. Tours in French available Tues and Sat; special-interest tours on Creole architecture, folklore, gardens, or Creole women available with advance notice.
Map2247 Hwy. 18, Vacherie USA Great River Road
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