New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation Tour

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Explore the grounds of the Destrehan Plantation, only 25 minutes from Downtown. See oak trees covered in Spanish moss and take a tour of the oldest documented plantation in the Lower Mississippi Valley.


  • Visit Louisiana's oldest plantation to learn about the American slave trade
  • See an original document signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
  • Take a short 25-minute drive from Downtown New Orleans to the plantation
  • Capture some photos under the live oak trees covered in Spanish moss


Upon arrival, enter through the Destrehan Plantation store and gift shop, and exit through the back door onto the grounds, where they will meet a personal interpreter to begin the tour. The interpreter will share stories about the people who lived on the plantation, both free and enslaved. See an original document signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and to learn the significance of the document in terms of how it relates to Louisiana History. You may either choose to have a guided tour with a descendant of Jean Destrehan, to learn about the various peoples who shaped the 'German Coast.' After the house tour, view a folk-life demonstration and self-explore the dependency buildings, such as a slave cabin with an enslavement registry, an overseer's cabin showcasing the 1811 Slave Revolt and Rost Home Colony exhibits, an outdoor kitchen, a washroom, a trapper's cabin and the Legacy Room displaying original documents and artifacts from the family members.


Entrance fees Free parking

Important Information

  • Please note that no scooters are allowed in the plantation home

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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