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A few of the Plantations within a short drive from New Orleans.

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Louisiana is blessed with a plethora of plantation homes still in existence.  The following are well worth a day-trip up River Road toward Baton Rouge.  Most open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m.  Each home has its own tour guides, so we suggest driving.   There are, however, scheduled bus tours available as well.  See each plantation's web site for specific tour information.

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Destrehan Plantation, LA 48 (River Road) one half mile east of Destrehan Bridge, is only minutes from New Orleans.. Established in 1787, Destrehan is the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley.  Open to the public daily from 9 am until 4 pm. The plantation is an easy 25 minute drive from New Orleans and several guided tour companies feature the plantation as part of their travel packages.

 San Francisco Plantation  , LA-44, 2 miles west of  Reserve, LA..  Built in 1856 in a "steamboat gothic" style. 

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San Francisco

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Oak Alley

 Oak Alley Plantation,  River Road, Vacherie, LA. Site Marker: Built (1837-39) by Jacques T. Roman, this fine example of Greek Revival architecture is famous for its alley of 28 evenly spaced live oak trees, believed to be at least 100 years older than the "Big House".
 Laura Plantation , Hwy 18 (River Road), Vacherie, LA.  Laura Plantation was built in 1805 and it was a sugarcane plantation for 180 years. The plantation was run by two creole families both with European roots. One of the most interesting plantation tours! 

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Nottoway Plantation, LA-1, 18 miles south of  Plaquemine, LA.. Built in 1859, it is the largest remaining plantation house.  

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