Side Trips from New Orleans Sights

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Destrehan Plantation

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The oldest intact plantation in the lower Mississippi Valley is a simple West Indies–style house, built in 1787 by a free man of color...

Houmas House

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Majestic 200-year-old oaks surround this classic-looking, white-pillared Louisiana plantation house, which is actually two buildings...

Laura Plantation

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This is a more intimate and better-documented presentation of Creole plantation life than any other property on River Road. The narrative...


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This galleried, 21-room Greek Revival mansion with massive white columns was designed by architect Henry Howard and completed in 1846.


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The South's largest plantation house is a dramatic monument to antebellum grandeur. Built in 1859, the mansion is Italianate in style,...

Oak Alley

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The most famous of all the antebellum homes in Louisiana is a darling of Hollywood, having appeared in such major movies as Interview...

River Road African American Museum

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The contributions of African Americans in Louisiana's rural Mississippi River communities come to light through exhibits that explore...

San Francisco Plantation

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An intriguing variation on the standard plantation style, with galleries resembling the decks of a ship, the San Francisco Plantation...