• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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Travel back in time to the era of the antebellum South on a guided afternoon tour from New Orleans to the Whitney Plantation, a former indigo and sugar plantation on the River Road now dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in Louisiana. Learn about the realities of plantation life through museum exhibits and recorded narratives as you tour the 18th-century Spanish Creole main house and historical slave cabins with a guide.

Highlights

  • 5-hour guided tour of Whitney Plantation from New Orleans

  • Visit Louisiana's only plantation solely dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery
  • Get a unique perspective on the people who lived and worked at the National Historic Landmark estate

  • See the Spanish Creole main house and restored slave cabins
  • Learn about plantation life via recorded slave narratives

  • Round-trip transport provided from central New Orleans

What You Can Expect

Whitney Plantation Tour

Whitney Historic Outbuildings

Make your way to meeting point in the French Quarter midday, and travel outside the city along the the Mississippi River to the famous River Road, home to many of Louisiana’s antebellum plantations. After crossing the Bonnet Carre Spillway, built to absorb river flooding, take in a great vista of Lake Pontchartrain and pass by the historical estates of Evergreen, St. Joseph, and Felicity that once conducted trade in crops like cotton, sugarcane, and indigo.

When arriving at Whitney Plantation, a National Historic Landmark founded more than 260 years ago, feel a sense of stepping back in time. Learn about the harsh realities and legacy of the people who lived and worked at Whitney on a guided tour of the estate, including original and restored slave cabins and other outbuildings. See the well-preserved Big House, considered one of the best remaining examples of Spanish Creole architecture in Louisiana.

Read about the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people in their own words through first-person narratives recorded by the Federal Writers' Project, and explore museum exhibits that help tell the story of slavery in the American South. After absorbing the poignant and powerful history of the estate and its centuries of human stories, return to New Orleans in the late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Jose

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

You can't help but get caught into the details of how enslaved people went through. You go through a range of emotions but appreciate those who keep this place alive for visitors to experience.

Kaya Lee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was such a great tour. It pulled on my heartstrings to see the names and hear stories of past slaves who lived on the plantation. However, the perspective provided is rarely provided in American schools, museums, historic tours, etc...I highly recommend visiting.

Janet G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I heard about the Whitney Plantation tour from a tour guide unrelated to the Whitney. I signed up, and it was completely worth it. It was a very humid day with thunder, giving the tour a sort of ominous atmosphere. It's about an hour outside of New Orleans, on the West Bank of the Mississippi river. The bus guide gave us lots of great info about the countryside we were driving through and general history about Louisiana. We were met by our Whitney tour guide who walked us through the plantation, giving us plenty of time to explore. I've been on other tours of plantations and this is the only one done through the eyes of the enslaved. It was very emotional at times. I highly recommend this tour.

carlisa.flournoy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

AWESOME TOUR!!!!!!

Kathy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Driver and Tour Guide were OUTSTANDING!
Thank you, Ken and Ali for an afternoon we will never forget.

Alyssa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I reviewed the recommendations and comments for the different plantation tours outside of New Orleans, and I chose to visit the Whitney Plantation. The meeting locations is easy to find which is a plus. Our bus driver was like a tour guide and told us about the history of New Orleans. He also provided recommendations. The tour itself was very informative and eye-opening. Our tour guide, Cheryl, grew up within a mile of the plantation. Her family was sharecroppers in the area, and she had a unique perspective of slavery and the plantation. There were many original and historically significant buildings. You can tell the owner of the plantation really wants to tell the story of the slaves who worked and lived at Whitney.

Talisa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent tour, unfortunately it was raining but the wisdom and care that goes into telling this story is extremely moving. I'd advise anyone to go.

Mary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

It was clear that our interpreter loved her job. She was so knowledgeable about the history of the Whitney Plantation, of the family who lived there and the conditions of the slaves who worked at the plantation. On this tour I heard stories regarding the treatment of their slaves that were not only new to me but which are burned into my memory of the atrocities of slavery. I highly recommend this tour.

Yollotl Azure United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

This was a great experience and we had a wonderful tour guide. I highly recommend this.

Lyle S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Knowledgeable buss driver, a native New Orleanian, who has been driving for years. The Whitney itself is a revelation, a working plantation that saw 100,000 slaves pass through its gates. Our tour guide was a school teacher, also very knowledgeable, who was able to hold the group in rapt attention. I highly recommend the tour.

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