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Whitney Plantation Tour

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Visit the Whitney Plantation of New Orleans and step back in time as you explore the 18th-century plantation museum, the only one of its kind in Louisiana. On this 5-hour guided tour you’ll see museum exhibits, memorial artwork, and restored buildings. Learn about an important part of American history as recorded from first-person slave narratives.
Highlights
  • Visit the historic Whitney Plantation on a day trip from New Orleans
  • Louisiana’s only plantation focused on the history of slavery
  • Learn about plantation life through recorded narratives and exhibits
  • Transport from New Orleans is included, so no need to rent a car
What to Expect
Board a coach in the French Quarter and leave New Orleans behind for the swampy shores of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. Arrive at Whitney Plantation, a one-time sugar and indigo plantation that dates back more than 260 years. Unique among Louisiana’s historic plantations, Whitney is dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in the American South.
Hear firsthand accounts of the hardships of plantation life through narratives recorded by the Federal Writers’ Project, and browse historic artifacts in a series of exhibits. See some of the surviving slaves cabins, which stand in sharp contrast to the stately Big House, considered one of Louisiana’s best surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture. Several memorials and pieces of art dedicated to the memory of enslaved people offer a chance to reflect before the return drive to New Orleans.
The tour ends at the original departure point.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If in the area you must make this a stop on list. This place is rich with history. Stories that are told by the viewpoint of the slaved were very powerful. The tour guy did an excellent job.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank bhollow216
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed the tour, I think it’s important to remember the history of the plantations, particularly from the viewpoint of the slaves that worked them. The tour was informative, the guide enthusiastic but listen hard because she talks very fast! Gray line who operated the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Amelia L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was one of the most informative, interesting and poignant things I have done on any trip. The haunting beauty of the grounds and the sad but true history of slavery in America is an important history lesson for us all.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank nyclovesnola
AdrienneGLNOSC, Guest Relations Manager at Gray Line, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

People of all ages, races and nationalities post the same sentiments. Thank you for visiting with Gray Line

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I highly recommend this tour. The powerful stories of the enslaved people of Whitney plantation really made an impression on my family. Tour guide was knowledgeable

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour is unique - not only in Louisiana, but in the United States. Focused almost exclusively on slavery including the lives of the enslaved - how they worked, lived, and suffered, and died - is so important to learn about today and always. The...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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2 July 2019|
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Response from 236shanb | Reviewed this property |
The Whitney Tour I think took about 1.5 hrs. It is a guided tour with a staff member taking you around the plantation and giving you history of what happened . Our guide was absolutely fantastic!
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You can drive to the plantation yourself and there is lots of parking in an unpaved parking lot. The tour is worth the drive time, for sure! The tour itself was very inexpensive. Can't remember for sure but I'm pretty... More
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I agree, I think if you were to contact them directly, you’d be able to change it.
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