No doubt about it, Louisiana is filled with fascinating destinations, each with their own unique stories and histories. One such place happens to by located on Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Used as a backdrop for films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, All the King’s Men, The Skelton Key
as well as various other films and shows, the area known as New Orleans Plantation Country
offers visitors another perspective on an all-ready interesting and diverse section of the state.
"It’s is a great day trip from New Orleans,” says Kimmie Carlos, tourism sales manager, River Parishes Tourist Commission. “You can spend time there, and then come here to see a different side of the area.”
The main draw is the nine plantations
. Each different from the other, all of them provides deeper insight into the owners’ and slaves’ everyday lives during their respective time periods.
Experience history hands-on as period dressed guides take you through Houmas House Plantation
, said to be the crown jewel of Plantation Road. View the 22 slave cabins at Evergreen Plantation
, home to 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places; and the ones at Laura: A Creole Plantation
, where the tales
of Br’er Rabbit originated. Be awed when you first take in Oak Alley Plantation
, the most photographed plantation in the state. Whether you visit one or all, you will quickly realize that New Orleans Plantation Country is a special place.
If you want more, don’t overlook exploring the many historic churches and cemeteries.
Both fascinating and beautiful, they are a must do for any history fan.
But wait, there’s more! If being in the outdoors is your thing, you are in luck here. Immerse yourself in Louisiana ways by taking a swamp tour
. Looking for something a little more laid back? Why not go fishing
. Other nature-based opportunities abound in the area as well. There’s also ample golfing
Of course you can’t leave the state without eating, and when it comes to food, New Orleans Plantation Country does it
up right. Savor the many flavors of Cajun and Creole dishes. Enjoy a cup of gumbo, a po’boy or a seafood dish. Whatever craving you may have, you’ll satisfy when visiting here.
Come for the day, or stay for the weekend; whatever you choose, you’ll always remember your time in New Orleans Plantation Country.
photo credit: courtesy of New Orleans Plantation Country; (top left) Oak Alley, (middle right) Laura Jardin, (bottom left) Cajun Pride Swamp Tours