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Whitney Plantation Tour

By: Gray Line
From US$65.00
Highlights
  • 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
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Whitney Plantation Tour
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Whitney Plantation Tour
From US$65.00
Overview
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 weeks ago
Slavery Seen Through the Eyes of the Slave

I have toured many plantations along River Road in Louisiana. Whitney by far, is the best. Having spoken to many that have also toured this sugar and indigo plantation, have also felt the same. No one leaves the same way that the came.

2  Thank NOLA4ever
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Moving experience! Would recommend!

The Whitney Plantation tour is very eye opening and provides a look at the lives of the enslaved people. It is helpful that the tour picks you up at your hotel and provides transportation from New Orleans on an air conditioned bus. I would recommend...More

1  Thank packedmule
Reviewed 15 April 2018
A moving and detailed look at the reality of slavery.

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Whitney Plantation. Our guide Ali provided fascinating and poignant detail about the brutally hard and cruelly inhumane life of the slaves in these now bucolic settings. Life expectancy for a slave arriving at a sugar...More

3  Thank Alexander K
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile
Whitney Plantation

My family of 4 adults and 2 teenage boys did the Whitney Plantation tour with John as our Gray Line guide for bus ride. The nearly 1 hour bus ride was great because it was like a tour of the city on the way. John...More

2  Thank Pattyann Walsh H
Reviewed 4 April 2018
Best plantation tour and a great guide

The Whitney plantation tour is simply a must do thing if you want to understand how The American economy was built and the role enslaved people played in it. We have done the tour twice and every time it is very emotional. This time we...More

Thank Valia C
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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.
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valandjohn2008
21 April 2018|
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Response from Clare M |
One hour ride to the plantation. One hour and thirty minutes for the actual tour.
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Nancy C
14 April 2018|
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Response from Pattyann Walsh H | Reviewed this property |
The bus would be ok but the tour is a walking tour and may prove challenging with a walker.
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