To some, connotations of New Orleans lead to images of the antebellum plantation houses and big fan boats skidding along a marshy alligator-ridden bayou. Though New Orleans is a town that never forgets its roots and is, in fact, in very close proximity to these things, is nevertheless a modern and busy city with all that comes along with it – big city culture, big city dining, big city fun. And while you may be out indulging in some of these big city finer points, the historian and old-country lover in you might long for a return to simpler times. Luckily, the antebellum south is remembered well in some of the nearby New Orleans Plantations. Once the mainstays of an agrarian economy, nearby New Orleans plantation houses offer visitors a glimpse into the windows of a bygone era.
The Bocage Plantation stakes its claim to fame for being the best representation of American Greek Revival architecture in the nation. With ties all the way back to Christopher Columbus himself, this magnificent mansion with its flat beautiful lawns and living oak is a beautiful step back into the lives of original southern gentry. Located at 39050 Highway 942 in Darrow, Louisiana, this beautiful stop is just a stone’s throw from downtown New Orleans.
The Houma House Plantation and Gardens is also located in Darrow, and truly isn’t to be missed. This plantation boasts one of the most beautiful gardenscapes in all of the south. Once the largest sugar plantation in the world, guests enjoy a museum-quality collection of antiques to compliment the stunning scenery and architecture.
If you’re looking for something close-by the Destrehan Plantation is the closest plantation to the downtown New Orleans Metro area as you’re likely to get. This plantation house offers costumed tour guides, historical tours of the grounds, and even a signed document by Thomas Jefferson can be found among the historical relics on display.