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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.
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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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
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
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People of all ages, races and nationalities post the same sentiments. Thank you for visiting with Gray Line
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
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
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 confident it was around $20-$25 per person and a tip for the wonderful tour guide. There are lots of other plantations around New Orleans and I haven't been to any other so it's hard for me to say if this one was "better" than the others but I can say that this tour was so interesting, heartwrenching, and eye-opening to see and hear the history from the slaves perspective. I highly recommend it!