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Travel from the French and Spanish Colonial periods through the antebellum grandeur of the sugar barons, to the ravages of Civil War and the rebirth of reconstruction. Family stories set against the fabric of history will intrigue and entertain every visitor to the site. This majestic antebellum home watches over the banks of the Mississippi River minutes away from New Orleans. Established in 1787 and listed on the National register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation remains the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. In 2010 the site received a travel and tourism Louey Award naming it the 2010 Louisiana Attraction of the year.

Wandering among the authentic buildings on the plantation after the tour of the lovingly restored main house, you can find yourself immersed in the rich history of Louisiana and better understand what it is like to live in another time, when French was the language and the white gold of sugar drove the economy.

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Phase I of our expansion is coming along nicely. Our administration building piers are complete, the front gallery is taking shape, and the walls are coming up.


The Heritage Education Program of Destrehan Plantation marks Wednesday, April 29, 2015 as Heritage Day. We are looking for volunteers and students who would like to do community service with a non-profit organization this spring. We need assistance in our food court, help with exhibit setup, assistance with craft demonstrations, and assistance with reserved parking. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer for Heritage Day, please contact our Education Coordinator Angela Matherne via email at

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Destrehan Plantation | 13034 River Road | Destrehan, Louisiana 70047 | 1-877-453-2095