The Guided Tour

On our award-winning guided tour, professional interpreters, within 70 minutes, will expose you to compelling, real-life accounts of generations of owners, women, slaves and children who called this typical Creole sugarcane farm their home.

The guided tour is based upon 5,000 pages of documents related to this plantation discovered in the Archives Nationales in Paris, with the major stories coming from Laura Locoul Gore's own Memories of the Old Plantation Home.

The guided tour starts with a visit through the Maison Principale, built in 1805, into its raised basement and galleries, and into men's and women's chambers & offices, service rooms and common rooms.  Even though you will see Laura's family heirlooms and their Creole furnishings, this portion of the tour spotlights the charmed but tragic lives of the plantation's inhabitants.  Visitors are introduced to age-old Creole traditions and mores and to the skilled workmanship of enslaved artisans.

 

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After touring the Maison Principale, the visit moves onto the grounds, surrounded by sugarcane fields and 12 buildings on the National Register, winding into the plantation gardens: the formal Jardin Français, the kitchen garden and Laura's new BananaLand.  This part of the tour places visitors at the exact locations where stories recalling the sobering events of human slavery happened.

The tour concludes in one of the 1840s slave cabins where sugarcane workers lived until 1977 and where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin, better known as the legendary rascal Br'er Rabbit, were recorded.

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