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Whitney Plantation Tour

By: Gray Line
  • Visit the historic Whitney Plantation on a day trip from New Orleans
  • Louisiana’s only plantation dedicated to the history of slavery
  • Learn about plantation life through recorded narratives and museum exhibits
Whitney Plantation Tour
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Explore the human legacy of antebellum Louisiana on a day trip from New Orleans to the Whitney Plantation, a former sugar plantation converted into a compelling museum about slavery. Learn about plantation life from the perspective of slaves through museum exhibits and first-person 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.’
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 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.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Fantastic Tour with Best Driver/Storyteller ever

The drive to and back from the plantation was already worth the money: our driver Jude didn’t only tell us anything we needed to know about the Nola neighbourhood and the Katrina tragedy, he also had this dry, absurd sense of humour we really loved....More

Thank Stefaan F
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great introduction to plantations and sobering slave history

I really enjoyed the tour, the bus driver was informative throughout the entire drive to the plantation. Once arriving at the Whitney the local guide took over and we were in for another fabulous experience, the history is sobering and delivered without a façade. The...More

Thank Kylie H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Extra Excursion while at Essence Fest

With a strong focus on the lives of the children, this tour takes visitors through the life and times of plantation life. Memorial Plaques detail the recollections of the former inhabitants of the Whitney through the efforts of a federal story reclamation act (thankfully, lest...More

Thank Dana R
Reviewed 1 week ago
First Time in Nawlins

What a historical and informative tour. Pickup from our hotel and an informative drive on the way regarding the hurricanes, the city and it’s thriving changes along with famous spots from television and movies. Our docent was knowledgeable and patient, repeating info if one needed...More

Thank NatashaGR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent tour and guide

The tour was very well done. Going through many of the hardships endured by the slaves. As well as giving factual information about both the slaves and there masters. I very much appreciate the museums efforts in recording the history of this period. Very Well...More

1  Thank chrischild2017
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6 July 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
Tremayne P
7 May 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.
21 April 2018|
Response from Clare M |
One hour ride to the plantation. One hour and thirty minutes for the actual tour.
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