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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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A day trip with transportation from New Orleans to the Whitney Plantation lets you explore the legacy of antebellum Louisiana on a former sugar plantation. Unique to area plantation museums, this one focuses on slavery. Learn about plantation life from the perspective of slaves through exhibits and narratives, and walk in the footsteps of those who lived and toiled here as you visit preserved slave cabins and the Spanish Creole Big House.
  • 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Whitney - A MUST!

Whitney plantation. Best tour i’ve ever done. Emotional but so insightful and incredible. Daniel and the driver: Darren were outstanding. A must see if you are in NOLA.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bus Drive "Jude" was great!

First, I would say go! The below review is meant as a constructive criticism to what could have been a better tour. We took the Whitney Plantation Tour on Sunday, August 18th, 2018. Our bus driver, Jude, was fantastic. Aside from being very knowledgeable, he...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Life changing experience.

From start to finish the tour was amazing. Our bus driver Donald was amazing he got us to and from the Whitney Plantation safely in record time. Kelly our guide was amazing as well. She was extremely informative and provided a great deal of information...More

1  Thank A B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Whitney Plantation is a must

The Whitney Plantation is bursting with history. It is one of the few places that value the lives of the slaves who worked the land. The guides are very knowleadgeable and sensitive. The focus of this plantation (unlike many others) are the slaves not the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Interesting and emotional

This tour was great. Our guide on the Buss (Dionne) was super nice and knew a lot about New Orleans, the state of Louisiana, plantations and so on. I learned a lot, thank you Dionne! The tour at the plantation was a bit quick, but...More

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July 5, 2018|
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Response from Smartjan | Reviewed this property |
I think the answer is not to try and jam pack the day. How can you possibly relax and enjoy your experiences. The tour included 2 plantations and took the whole day. The bus broke down on the way back unfortunately and added... More
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May 6, 2018|
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Response from Pattyann Walsh H | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in French Quarter at the Hampton Inn. It was about a 20minute walk to catch tour bus by water.
April 20, 2018|
Response from Clare M |
One hour ride to the plantation. One hour and thirty minutes for the actual tour.
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