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The Famous Destrehan Plantation - Louisiana

Journey beyond the city limits of New Orleans and discover the Destrehan Plantation, a place where time stands still, part of our New Orleans bus tour.  Just 30 minutes outside of New Orleans on the Great River Road, the Destrehan Plantation was built in 1787 originally of West Indies architecture and later renovated in the Greek Revival Style. The oldest documented plantation house intact in the lower Mississippi Valley, the 18th century plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and bears the name of its builder, Jean Noel Destrehan, who acquired the estate from his father-in-law Robin de Longy. 

Destrehan Plantation Logo

The Historic Destrehan Plantation

Destrehan Plantation House and Grounds

Destrehan Plantation House and Grounds

Costumed Interpreter at Destrehan Plantation

Costumed Interpreter at Destrehan Plantation

Plantation Grounds

Plantation Grounds

Inside Destrehan Plantation

Inside Destrehan Plantation

Outside the Mule Barn, Destrehan Plantation

Outside the Mule Barn, Destrehan Plantation

Period Craft Demonstration at Destrehan Plantation

Period Craft Demonstration

Statue at Destrehan Plantation

Statue at Destrehan Plantation

Gardens at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, LA

Beautiful Gardens at Destrehan Plantation

Destrehan Plantation Historic House and Grounds

Destrehan Plantation since 1787

Mule Barn at Destrehan Plantation

Mule Barn at Destrehan Plantation

Outbuilding at Destrehan Plantation

Outbuilding at Destrehan Plantation

Outside Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, LA

Outside Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, LA

Porch at Destrehan Plantation

Porch at Destrehan Plantation

Rolling Lawns at Destrehan Plantation

Rolling Lawns at Destrehan Plantation

Destrehan Plantation Logo The Historic Destrehan Plantation
Destrehan Plantation House and Grounds Destrehan Plantation House and Grounds
Costumed Interpreter at Destrehan Plantation Costumed Interpreter at Destrehan Plantation
Plantation Grounds Plantation Grounds
Inside Destrehan Plantation Inside Destrehan Plantation

Your Visit to Destrehan Plantation

During your time at the Destrehan Plantation you will find yourself immersed in the rich history of Louisiana and discover what it is like to live in another time as you are guided through the lovingly restored main house and its exhibits by a friendly and entertaining costumed guide. After your guided tour of the main house, wander among the other authentic buildings on the plantation grounds, see the plantations daily demonstration, or browse through authentic gifts in the Destrehan Plantation’s Gift Shop.

A Guided Tour of the Destrehan Plantation

Travel from the beginnings of the Destrehan Plantation during the French and Spanish Colonial periods to the antebellum grandeur of the sugar barons, to the havoc of the Civil War, to the rebirth of the Destrehan Plantation after reconstruction.  During you guided tour of the Destrehan Plantation’s main house a costumed interpreter will share fascinating stories about the Destrehan family, historic events that occurred at the site and information about the unique architectural features of the southern plantation.

The Jefferson Room

One of the plantations’ main attractions is a display of one of the most important documents in Louisiana’s history. The Jefferson Document, located within the walls of the main house in the Jefferson Room, is a document signed by Thomas Jefferson. The document dated 1804 assigns four men, one of whom is Jean Noel Destrehan, to the Orleans Territorial Council. Other displays in the Jefferson Room include quality reproductions of other documents which are of great importance to the history of Louisiana.

Herbert J. Harvey, Jr. Legacy Room

Delve deeper into the legacy of the Destrehan family. The Herbert J. Harvey Jr. Legacy Room features artifacts and documents belonging to the Destrehan family and a touchscreen computer system with over 600 images of Destrehan family documents available for historical research.

1811 Slave Revolt Museum and Historical Research and Education Center

Learn about the Creole system of slave management, Louisiana statehood, life on a sugar plantation, French Colonial architecture and the Rost Home Colony through the 1811 Slave Revolt Museum and Historical Research and Education Center’s works of art, display items and photographs.

Outbuildings and Gardens

After you tour of the Destrehan Plantation, wander its rolling lawns covered in moss-filled oaks. The largest outbuilding, the Mule Barn was donated by a neighboring plantation and reconstructed on site. Two slave quarters can also be found on the plantation’s grounds, one of which is thought to date back to the Civil War. You will also come across well-kept vintage and vegetable gardens maintained by local Master Gardeners.

Period Craft Demonstrations

Step back in time and see skills that were a vital part of everyday life centuries ago during your plantation tour. The Destrehan Plantation’s daily craft and trade demonstrations by costumed artisans include: indigo dyeing, candle making, African American herbal remedies, open hearth cooking, bousillage construction, carpentry and wood working, sugar cane processing, weaving and blacksmithing. 

Shopping at the Destrehan Plantation’s Gift Shop

Whether you want to take something special home to remember your time at the Destrehan Plantation, or something for a loved one, you are sure to find the perfect gifts and souvenirs at the Destrehan Plantation’s Gift Shop.

Outside the Mule Barn, Destrehan Plantation Outside the Mule Barn, Destrehan Plantation
Period Craft Demonstration at Destrehan Plantation Period Craft Demonstration
Statue at Destrehan Plantation Statue at Destrehan Plantation
Gardens at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, LA Beautiful Gardens at Destrehan Plantation
Destrehan Plantation Historic House and Grounds Destrehan Plantation since 1787
Mule Barn at Destrehan Plantation Mule Barn at Destrehan Plantation
Outbuilding at Destrehan Plantation Outbuilding at Destrehan Plantation
Outside Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, LA Outside Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, LA
Porch at Destrehan Plantation Porch at Destrehan Plantation
Rolling Lawns at Destrehan Plantation Rolling Lawns at Destrehan Plantation