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“Oldest Plantation House in the Lower Mississippi Valley”

Destrehan Plantation
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Owner description: Built in 1787, this is the oldest plantation house in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Reviewed 7 March 2018

Destrehan Plantation is a former Louisiana plantation notable for its antebellum mansion. It is located in southeast Louisiana near the town of Destrehan. During the 19th century, the plantation was a major producer of indigo and then sugar cane. Jean-Noël Destréhan (1754-1823), the first United States Senator from Louisiana in 1812, is the owner most commonly associated with the home. Destréhan was influential in transitioning the Orleans Territory into statehood. Construction of the home, built in the French Colonial style, began in 1787 under Charles Pacquet, a mulatto carpenter, and was completed for Robert Antoine Robin de Logny in 1790. For his efforts, Pacquet received one brute negro, a cow and calf, 100 bushels each of corn and rice, and $100 in cash. Destréhan and his wife, Marie-Claude Céleste Eléonore Robin de Logny (daughter of Robert Antoine Robin de Logny) purchased the plantation upon Robin de Logny's death in 1792 and raised 14 children in the home. Areas of the plantation on display include slave cabins, the plantation home, the outdoor kitchen, the field bell, the wash room, the school house, and a trapper’s cabin. Destrehan Plantation was involved in a major slave revolt in 1811. Eighteen rebels, including three of Jean-Noël Destréhan’s former slaves, were trialed and executed at the plantation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation is currently under the care of the River Road Historical Society. The site is open to visitors daily from 9:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $7 for children (7-17). Admission includes a guided tour, demonstrations, and access to the dependency buildings. Parking is free. Destrehan Plantation was used as a location in the 1994 film “Interview with a Vampire” starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as well as the 2013 film “12 Years a Slave” staring Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Well restored late 1700 plantation house with a few support buildings of the sugar plantation including summer kitchen. Very knowledgeable interperter and well kept grounds. Also enjoyed gift shop.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This Plantation is close to NOLA. The French history and political connections were very interesting. The guide was extremely good he dressed the period and knew a great deal more than the usual employees at these historical venues. We had a great experience and highly recommend it to history lovers.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Close to New Orleans, oldest plantation house still standing in MIssissippi valley. Amazing old live oak trees. Great guides--ours, Jim, was great about showing us details of the building's construction. The story of the estate gives honest window into the facts of slavery as well.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

If you are looking for a lesson in history and a nice excursion, Destrehen is not too far away and the guides are fantastic. Jeanette was very knowledgeable about the plantation history including details of the family and the slaves who worked there. She also did a great job of describing the surrounding history. We chose Destrehen because it was close to New Orleans (only about 25 minute drive) as compared to some of the other plantations. We were able to Uber there and the tour + wandering around took about 1.5 hours. The live oaks on site are also amazing.

Date of experience: February 2018
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