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Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
40136 Highway 942
Darrow (Burnside), LA 70725
Contact: Kevin Kelly
Phone: 225-473-7841 or
Fax: 225-473-7891
***A Must Stop for Visitors****Just down the Scenic River Road North of Poche Plantation is what is Louisiana’s Finest Restored Plantation Home and Breathtaking Gardens. Relive the magnificent plantation era with a visit to our Greek Revival Mansion built in 1840. Houmas House is home to wonderful stories of sugar cane farming on the grandest scale, Civil War history, period furnishings of early Louisiana craftsmanship, significant movie settings and formal gardens beneath 200-year-old moss-laden live oaks. Museum, Art, Breath Taking Views, Two Resturants on site, with Latill's Landing is perfect for romantic couples seeking dinner reservations close to Poche. Hours: Mon - Wed 9 am - 5 pm; Thurs - Sun 9 am - 8 pm Admission: $20.00 per person (Worth every penny)
Laura: A creole Plantation
(Right Across the River from Poche Plantation)
2247 Hwy 18
Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone 225-265-7690

***(Consider the best Creole Tour)*** Historic 1805 sugar plantation with story-telling tours based on 5000 pages of French documents, real-life accounts of 7 generations of Creole owners, women, slaves and children, and the memoirs of Laura Gore who lived on the plantation for almost 100 years. The 24,000 square foot home features Creole architecture with galleries and brick-between-post construction. Walk the grounds and see 11 historic buildings—overseers' cottages, carriage houses, horse barns, the "Maison de Reprise" built in 1829 as a retirement home for the women owners of Laura Plantation. Also four remaining cypress slave cabins are where west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (Br'er Rabbit) were recorded. Guided tours daily. (The owners of Poche think Laura is so unique it is also a must see if you are on a short stay)
Oak Alley Plantation Home and Tour
(16 mile scenic drive along river road from Poche Plantation)
3645 Highway 18
Vacherie, Louisiana USA 70090
Phone 225-265-2151 or
toll free 800-442-5539 www.OakAlleyPlantation.com
The “Grande Dame of the Great River Road,” built in 1839 by a wealthy sugar planter. Located just accross the river from Poche the stunning quarter-mile avenue of 300-year old oak trees lead to the classic, Greek Revival antebellum home which is world famous. Oak Alley Restaurant open for breakfast and lunch with Louisiana favorites like beignets, crawfish etouffe, fried alligator, and bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Impressive gift shop and ice cream parlor. Yearly creafts fair and it's Christmas Festival for years have brought travelers from far and near and if scheduleling allows book in advance. Open 7 days a week Admission $10 adult, $3 ages 6-12.
St. Joseph Plantation Home and Tour
3535 Highway 18 Vacherie, LA 70090 Phone 225-265-4078
Built in 1830 by French Creoles as a sugar cane plantation and is the birthplace of one of American’s renown architects, H. H. Richardson. Still operating as a sugar plantation, the property has been in the same family for over 130 years. Like many Louisiana plantations, the home has seen many changes— doubling in size when King Louis XIV’s daughters owned it, being sold in a sheriff’s sale after the Civil War. See original cypress slave quarters, Creole cottages, detached kitchens, barns, chicken coops. This attraction is so close to Oak Ally and Laura that vistors should take it in while in the area. Poche Plantation looks to the future stating this plantation has the best groundwork to sustain a bright future if they stay true to what they have done so far in their bringing this attraction up to par. Admission Adult $10, Ages 13-18 $6, Child 6-12 $4, Under 6 Free. Open daily.
San Francisco Plantation
(South of Poche on Scenic River Road, 18 miles) 2646 Hwy. 44 (River Road) Garyville, LA 70051 Phone 985-535-2341
Built in 1856, it’s the only authentically restored plantation home on River Road but needs a little tender loving care at present. It boasts a vivid palette, hand-painted ceilings, faux mabre & faux bois, and period antiques. A galleried house in the old Creole style, the exterior portrays the house in its entire splendor with its Gothic windows, ornate embellishments and gingerbread trim. Surrounded by massive oaks hundreds of years old. Guides in period dress will stir your imagination with stories and anecdotes as you visit the main house, 1830’s Slave Cabin, School House and Gift Shop. Come and visit this exceptional example of southern grandeur and exquisite architectural design, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, just 40 minutes away from downtown New Orleans.
Open daily except major holidays. This plantation has a wonderful brochure and certainly is unique. Visitors with the time could might check it out. Noteing it has a chain link fence around it and does not sport the landscapeing and ambience others in the area hold at present, but has an interesting history tour. No resturant on site. Admission $10 adults, $5 children (17-6), 5 & under free.
Nottoway Plantation Home Tour and Restaurant
(Only 28 miles from Poche Plantation in Historic White Castle)
This is the Grand Daddy of all Plantation Homes with it being the largest still standing, the history and home are delight with a period costumed tour guide, Prices are $10.00 for adults. The on site restaurant offers a wide menu choice, prepared by local chef. Fine dining and great service. Reservations recommended. Serves Daily Lunch 11-2 and Dinner 6-8:30. Poche Plantation recommends this attraction but is the furthest drive from Poche Plantation toward just outside White Castle, Louisiana with a driving time of 25 minutes.
Evergreen Plantation
(Only 26 miles from Poche Plantation on the River Road Westbank)
Evergreen Plantation
4677 Hwy 18
Edgard, La. 70049
***(The most unique slave house row untouched by time)*** Come walk through a living history book. 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 Mt. Vernon and Gettysburg in being granted Landmark status for its agricultural acreage. Restaurant and Gift Shop
Destrehan Plantation
River Road—LA Hwy 48, Destrehan, LA Phone 985-764-9315
Built in 1787 from hand hewn and sanded lumber. Seized by the Union Army and used to teach trades to freed slaves. Abandoned for 12 years to vandals and nature, but restored and furnished with authentic Louisiana 17th and 18th century antiques. Tours daily, period costumes, plantation store, crafts such as indigo dying, open fire cooking. Other unique features include an exhibit on the 1811 Slave Revolt and a original document signed by Thomas Jefferson. It also has a 1830’s mule barn converted to an Antique Mall. Open daily except major holidays.

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