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An hour away from the nonstop action of New Orlean’s Bourbon Street is the quiet, peaceful countryside of Louisiana, where historic plantation houses still stand on secluded back roads. Cajun Encounters, a local New Orleans tour company, gives visitors a chance to step back in time to the American and Creole past that significantly define the region.
A full day tour is the perfect way to get a taste of the beautiful state of Louisiana, away from the cosmopolitan city of New Orleans. A tour of the Laura and Oak Alley Plantations allows tourists to experience the wonders of these iconic southern plantations.
Some of Louisiana’s most famed plantations are close enough to New Orleans to give visitors easy access to them. Along the Mississippi River Road is where some old plantations are found, including grand Southern houses and acres of land. The Laura Plantation is the first stop on the Cajun Encounters’ Plantation Tour, where people are given a walking tour of the historic land. The Laura Plantation is unique in the sense that it is a traditional Creole Plantation, which sets it apart in history and character.
Located in Vacherie, Louisiana, the Laura Plantation is over 200 hundred years old and was once a thriving sugarcane plantation. On a guided tour, the knowledgeable tour guide highlights the important physical attributions of the colorful Creole house. Stepping into the building gives visitors a real life representation of how life once was on the land.
The plantation’s house is fully furnished with period pieces and the tour brings visitors from room to room, explaining the purpose and history of each. Along with the interior of the house, the tour takes people around the property, where the old slave quarters stand.
Although it once held a very successful sugar company, the Laura Plantation, like many other plantations in the area, has a dark past of slavery. The walking tour around the land sheds insight on the owners of the plantation, run by four different women, as well as teaches visitors about the role slaves played in the production of the sugar company. Visiting the Laura Plantation is a historic look back in time, to when plantations, and slavery, thrived in the South.
A second plantation tour is included in the Cajun Encounters package, that being the tour of the Oak Alley Plantation. This specific property epitomizes the grand scale of wealth and beauty found in many traditional plantation houses across Louisiana and other southern states.
Located close to the Laura Plantation, also in Vacherie, Louisiana, the Oak Alley Plantation is surely not one to be missed. With a picturesque walkway lined by 200 year old oak trees, the entrance to the Oak Alley Plantation is one that is often photographed and extremely popular with visitors.
A guided tour of the house is provided with the Cajun Encounters package, revealing the rich lifestyle the owners of the plantation once lived. Walking through the dining room, fully set with a table that can fit over ten people, shows the elaborate dinners the owners once held. People are able to explore the rooms where parties were thrown, as well as the upstairs bedrooms where intricately carved furniture still stands.
A beautiful wrap around porch circles the house and gives way to a view of the property below. This antebellum home is one of the most popular attractions in the area, and with its proximity to New Orleans, it is not only an easy destination to visit, but a beautiful and historical one as well.
Cajun Encounters provides intimate tours of Louisiana plantations, as well as other organized tours including a tour of New Orleans and of Louisiana swamps. Visit Cajun Encounters for more information on making reservations for any of their intimate and exciting tours.