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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 - Our future administration building is blacked in with felt. Creole siding around the house is almost complete. The windows feature the original glass, and the railing is made from old material that has been reclaimed.


The Heritage Education Program of Destrehan Plantation marks Wednesday, April 29, 2015 as Heritage Day. The event takes place on the grounds of Destrehan Plantation from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students of all ages will be able to step back in time and learn about the lives of the people on the plantation free and enslaved. Student and adult admission is $7.00. One complementary teacher admission per 25 students. Please contact our Heritage Education Coordinator Angela Matherne at (985) 764-9315 or email her at


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