Whitney Plantation Tour

Quick Details

  • Start Times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

New Orleans Tour of the Whitney Plantation

The Whitney Plantation recently opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262 year history as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery. Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings, and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney gain a unique perspective on the enslaved people who lived and worked here.

The early owners of Habitation Haydel, later known as The Whitney Plantation, became wealthy producing indigo before the plantation transitioned to sugar in the early 1800s. Whitney is also significant because of the number of its historic outbuildings that were added to the site over the years, thus providing a unique perspective on the evolution of the Louisiana working plantation.

The Big House is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture and one of the earliest raised Creole cottages in Louisiana.

The Whitney Plantation Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. As a site of memory and consciousness, the Whitney Plantation Museum is meant to pay homage to all slaves on the plantation itself and to all of those who lived elsewhere in the United States.

What to Know

  • Price includes French Quarter pick-up and drop-off from Rare Form Bar (437 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116)
  • Please be waiting at the pick-up point an hour prior to your start time
  • The New Orleans plantation tour includes a stop at B&C Seafood Restaurant for Cajun cuisine (option to purchase food and beverages & use restroom)
  • Guided tour also allows the opportunity to visit the Museum, Baptist Church, and Gift Shop

Note:  The 10 a.m. tour goes directly to the Whitney Plantation and then stop at B&C Cajun Restaurant after, while the 2 p.m. tour stops at the restaurant prior to visiting the Plantation.

Whitney Plantation Tour

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