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New Orleans Plantation Homes Information

Louisiana Plantation tours are very popular for those visiting New Orleans. There are many Louisiana Plantations and a number of them are within easy driving distance of New Orleans, I refer to them as New Orleans Plantations. These elaborate plantation homes line the banks of the Mississippi River along the River Road. They were once the mainstays of the southern way of life. Many of these plantations are now open to the public and offer windows into the by gone past of the Old South. If you are interested in Old South history or architecture, a visit to these magnificent plantation homes is a must. You may drive to these historic landmarks and take a Plantation Tour on your own or take advantage of one of the several companies that offer Plantation Tours and provide transportation. Below are the plantations within easy driving of the French Quarter. If you want to know how far it is from the French Quarter to one of these New Orleans Plantations then see distance chart below. Welcome to New Orleans and I hope you enjoy your plantation tour!

New Orleans Plantation Homes - East bank

Louisiana Plantations Homes: Oak Alley Plantation

* I recommend Houmas House Plantation Tour *

Houmas House Plantation Tour * Darrow, Louisiana

The Houmas House Plantation and Gardens reigns as "The Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road". It is west of New Orleans, about 58 miles from the French Quarter, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Houmas House, called the "Sugar Palace" was completed in 1829. It is so much more than just a tour of a grand antebellum estate. You could easily spend a day exploring the 38 acres of gardens, ponds, and ancient oaks. The plantation offers two restaurants, Cafe Burnside overlooking the beautiful fountain and gardens and Latil's Landing for elegant fine dining. Visit the gift shop and enjoy shopping for antiques, books, art, collectables and other unique gifts and watch a short video on the history of the Plantation home. Houmas House Plantation is located at 40136 River Road, Darrow, La. 70725

American Photo Safari Plantation Tour American Photo Safari has teamed up with the historic Houmas House Plantation and Gardens to offer participants a day of learning, relaxation and beauty that can only be enjoyed in Louisiana.

Louisiana Tour Company offers a Houmas House Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.
Tours by Isabelle offers an All day Destrehan Plantation, San Francisco Plantation, and Houmas House Plantation tour with pick up and return at your hotel.

The Cajun Village is just a few miles from this plantation.

Louisiana Plantations Homes: Poche Plantation

Poche Plantation Tour * Convent, Louisiana

Poche Plantation Bed and Breakfast and RV Park Park is west of New Orleans, about 58 miles from the French Quarter, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Poche Plantation is a historic site defined by over 1600’ of white picket fence with 13 large capped columns fronting scenic river road. Built in 1867, in the heart of Louisiana’s Plantation and Cajun Country, this land was the site of a 160-acre sugar cane plantation. When you arrive you will find guests relaxing on the front porch swings, cooling off in our New Orleans French Quarter style pool or enjoying the variety of offerings in our recreation room. Poche Plantation is located at 6554 River Road, Convent, La. 70723

Louisiana Plantations Homes: Destrehan Plantation

Destrehan Plantation Tour * Destrehan, Louisiana

If you would like to take a Destrehan Plantation tour the Destrehan Plantation is west of New Orleans, about 20 miles from the French Quarter, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. The sands of Louisiana time seem to stand still for a moment at Destrehan Plantation. This majestic antebellum home watches over the banks of the great Mississippi River. This house is literally three houses in one: the colonial structure o f Robin de Logny, the garconniere additions, and the Greek Revival house. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation was established in 1787 and remains the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi River Valley. Destrehan Plantation is located at 13034 River Road, Destrehan, La. 70047.

Tours by Isabelle offers an All day Destrehan Plantation, San Francisco Plantation, and Houmas House Plantation tour with pick up and return at your hotel.

If you are visiting in November check out the Destrehan Plantation Fall Arts and Crafts Festival.

Louisiana Plantations Homes: Ormond Plantation

Ormond Plantation Tour * Destrehan, Louisiana

If you would like to take a plantation tour of Ormond Plantation it is west of New Orleans, about 20 miles from the French Quarter, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Ormond's architecture is of the French West Indies style, a rare example of the building style of the earliest plantation homes along the Mississippi River. Ormond was host to soldiers heading to the Battle of New Orleans. Ormond was bombarded by the Federal Navy, and captured by Federals during The War Between the States. Today, the Ormond Plantation home is on a 16 acre site. In addition to the mansion there is a bed and breakfast on the grounds. Ormond Plantation is located at 13786 River Road, Destrehan, La. 70047

Louisiana Plantations Homes: San Francisco Plantation

San Francisco Plantation Tour * Garyville, Louisiana

To take a San Francisco Plantation tour you will travel west of New Orleans, about 38 miles from the French Quarter, it is on the east bank of the Mississippi River. The plantation dates all the way back to 1856, is a national landmark and the only mansion on the River Road to be authentically restored. Although the house is from the antebellum period, it is certainly not typical of the style. Its style and coloration are totally distinctive with its hand painted ceilings, faux marbling and faux wood throughout. San Francisco Plantation is located at 2646 River Road, Garyville, La. 70051

Cajun Pride Tours offers a San Francisco Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.
Tours by Isabelle offers an All day Destrehan Plantation, San Francisco Plantation, and Houmas House Plantation tour with pick up and return at your hotel.

Cajun Village, Plantation Country

Visit The Cajun Village * Sorrento, Louisiana

If you are in Plantation Country especially around The Houmas House Plantation or Bocage Plantation or are traveling between New Orleans and Baton Rouge I recommend that you check out The Cajun Village in Sorrento, it is just about one block off of I-10 at exit #182. The Cajun Village is a historically accurate setting of a long ago Acadian Village. In thise creole village you will find a coffee house, Louisiana Pottery, Cajun Village Antiques, Village Gifts and Décor, The Cajun Shop, The Boniblu, and Louisiana Wines. For the more adventuresome you can take a short wooden boardwalk for a glimpse into the wild world of alligators in The Cajun Village's very own alligator enclosure. In the Cajun Village you will also find The Cajun Village Cottages for those who would like to spend the night or a few days in Historic Plantation Country.

Louisiana Plantations Homes: Bocage Plantation

Bocage Plantation Tour * Darrow, Louisiana

The Bocage Plantation is west of New Orleans, about 60 miles from the French Quarter, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Bocage Plantation built in 1837 is a historic treasure not to be missed. Bocage is steeped in history with ties to Christopher Columbus, early colonization and the Louisiana Purchase. Bocage Plantation is located at 39050 River Road, Darrow, La. 70725

The Cajun Village is just a few miles from this plantation.

New Orleans Plantation Tours - West bank

Louisiana Plantations Homes: Nottoway Plantation

Nottoway Plantation Tour * White Castle, Louisiana

The Nottoway Plantation is west of New Orleans, about 75 miles from the French Quarter, on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Nottoway, completed in 1859 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the very few antebellum plantations that survived the Civil War and is the largest remaining plantation home in the South. Today, it is open for tours, and visitors are invited to experience and savor that which was the old South. Nottoway is the ultimate in Southern grandeur and hospitality. Nottoway Plantation is located at 31025 Highway 1, White Castle, La. 70788

Cajun Encounters Tour Co. offers an Nottoway Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.

Louisiana Plantations Homes: Evergreen Plantation

Evergreen Plantation Tour * Edgard, Louisiana

Evergreen Plantation is west of New Orleans, about 40 miles from the French Quarter, on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Evergreen Plantation is the most intact plantation complex in the South with 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including 22 slave cabins. Evergreen has its country's highest historic designation and joins Mount Vernon and Gettysburg in being granted landmark status for its agricultural acreage. Today, Evergreen Plantation remains a privately owned, working sugar cane plantation. People live here and work here. Evergreen Plantation is located at 4677 River Road, Edgard, La. 70049

Louisiana Plantations Homes: Laura Plantation

Laura Plantation Tour * Vacherie, Louisiana

Laura Plantation is west of New Orleans, about 50 miles from the French Quarter, on the west bank of the Mississippi River. At Laura Plantation which dates back to 1805, you are invited to enjoy a cultural tour experience unlike anywhere else in the United States. Here, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the middle of New Orleans Plantation Country, at one historic farm, surrounded by fields of sugar cane, you will find the difference that exemplifies Creole Louisiana. Laura Plantation is best know for the "Best History Tour" and its slave quarters. Laura Plantation is located at 2247 River Road, Vacherie, La. 70090

Louisiana Tour Company offers a Laura Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.
Cajun Encounters Tour Co. offers a Laura Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.
Cajun Pride Tours offers a Laura Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.
Tours by Isabelle offers a Laura Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.

Louisiana Plantations Homes: St. Joseph Plantation

St. Joseph Plantation Tour * Vacherie, Louisiana

St. Joseph Plantation, a Creole Plantation, is west of New Orleans, about 50 miles from the French Quarter, on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Take a walk through time as you enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the many interesting people who have called St. Joseph plantation "Home." Many tours are guided by family members themselves. Lovingly restored by volunteers consisting of family members and friends; the plantation is just one way we have preserved our heritage as well as our family. To complete your experience, St. Joseph Plantation gift shop offers visitors many one of a kind items crafted by talented family members. St. Joseph Plantation is located at 3535 River Road, Vacherie, La. 70090

Cajun Pride Tours offers a St. Joseph Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.

Louisiana Plantations Homes: San Francisco Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation Tour * Vacherie, Louisiana

Oak Alley Plantation is west of New Orleans, about 55 miles from the French Quarter, on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The beautiful Oak Alley Plantation dates back to the 1840s, is a National Historic Landmark, and the mansion as you see it today has been restored to its 19th century glory. Oak Alley is best know for its 20 gigantic Oak Trees from the river road to the house. In addition to the mansion there is a restaurant, a cafe/Ice Cream Parlor, a gift shop and a bed and breakfast on the grounds. Oak Alley Plantation is located at 3645 River Road, Vacherie, La. 70090

Louisiana Tour Company offers an Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.
Cajun Encounters Tour Co. offers an Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.
Cajun Pride Tours offers an Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.
Tours by Isabelle offers an Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Pick up and return at your hotel.

If you are visiting in March check out the Oak Alley Plantation Spring Arts and Crafts Festival.

New Orleans Plantation Distances and Information

Plantation Distance** Gift Shop Bed & Breakfast On Site Dinning Weddings GPS Coordinates Riverbank
Destrehan Plantation 20 miles Yes No No No 29.94516, -90.36571 East
Ormond Plantation 20 miles No Yes No No I don't know East
San Francisco Plantation 38 miles Yes No No Yes 30.04927, -90.60189 East
Evergreen Plantation 40 miles No No No No 30.02751, -90.63889 West
Laura Plantation 50 miles Yes No No No 30.00861, -90.72527 West
St. Joseph Plantation 50 miles No No No Yes 30.00687, -90.77245 West
Oak Alley Plantation 55 miles Yes Yes Yes Yes 30.00500, -90.77889 West
The Cajun Village 55 miles Yes Yes Yes No I don't know East
Poche Plantation 58 miles No Yes No Yes 30.01222, -90.82778 East
Houmas House Plantation 58 miles Yes Yes Yes Yes 30.14031, -90.93436 East
Bocage Plantation 60 miles Yes Yes No Yes I don't know East
Nottoway Plantation 75 miles Yes Yes Yes Yes I don't know West
** Approximate distance from French Quarter to plantations

Are there any plantation homes in the city of New Orleans?

No, there are not any plantation homes in the city of New Orleans. In antebellum times New Orleans was surrounded by swamps and the size of these plantations was enormous. All the plantations are found in the rural areas West of the City. Destrehan Plantation is close to New Orleans and makes a very easy half-day trip. An alternative to a plantation is Longue Vue House and Gardens. It is not actually a plantation but it does have the feel of one and it is located right outside of the city.

Are there riverboat tours to the plantations?

No, there are not any riverboat tours to the plantations? However, the Paddle Wheeler Creole Queen does offer a Chalmette Battlefield River Cruise and located on the Chalmette Battlefield grounds is the Malus-Beauregard House. The house was built in 1830 and looks like a plantation home but was never used as a plantation. It is named for René Beauregard, its last owner, the son of the Civil War Confederate General, P. G. T. Beauregard. It currently serves as a museum and visitor center.

What is the closest plantation home to the French Quarter?

By looking at the chart above you will see that the Destrehan Plantation and the Ormond Plantation are both about 20 miles from the French Quarter.

New Orleans Plantation Tours * Destrehan Plantation Tours * Ormond Plantation Tours * San Francisco Plantation Tours * Evergreen Plantation Tours * Laura Plantation Tours * St. Joseph Plantation Tours * Oak Alley Plantation Tours * Poche Plantation Tours * Houmas House Plantation Tours * Bocage Plantation Tours * Nottoway Plantation Tours * The Cajun Village Cottages