Heritage Weekend is Friday, May 1st, Saturday, May 2nd, and Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.
From daily chores and simple pastimes to wars fought on its soil, Louisiana was forever changed during the 19th century. The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the United States, and Louisiana became the 18th state. Some families were torn apart by war while freedom allowed other families to be reunited. The preserverance of Louisianans was tested by hurricanes and diseases such as yellow fever and cholera. Heritage Weekend at Destrehan Plantation takes a look back at the 19th century and the influences of the many cultures that contributed to Louisiana life during this time period.
The 2020 Heritage Weekend will be held at Destrehan Plantation on Friday, May 1st from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm and on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday May3rd from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. While the three-day event is open to the public, additional activities for school groups will be provided on May 1, 2020. Visitors will engage in hands-on activities, observe demonstrations and exhibits, and participate in music and dance related to 19th century life in south Louisiana.
Note: Specific fold like activities exhibits, demonstrations, and performances may vary from day to day. Check the Destrehan Plantation web site for a specific schedule of events and performances as the date draws nearer.
Performances, exhibits, and demonstrations will be provided by many groups and individuals such as Hurst Middle School, NO Shanty Krew, Reaux, Roscoe, and Abadie, James Linden Hogg, Feliciana Vintage Dancers, Camp Moore Sutlery, and several museums and historical sites from around Louisiana
Hands-On Folk Life Activities
- Candle making
- Butter making
- Grits making
- Knot tying
- Petting of farm animals
- Art activities
- Old time games
$8 per person for the Heritage Weekend activities only
(Note: Registration is required for school groups. Please download the registration form here.) Other visitors may purchase tickets at the Destrehan Plantation gift shop on the day (s) of the event.
$22 per person for the Heritage Weekend activities and guided tours of the main house and slave cabin.
(Note: Other discounts for AAA Auto Club members, active military, senior citizens and children between the ages of 7 and 17 years may apply. Please ask if you are eleigible for a discount when purchasing your ticket.)
For more information contact:
-Rachel Allemand, Heritage Education Coordinator