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Heritage Weekend

Heritage Weekend is Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd, 2021. - Download your copy of the Heritage Weekend map with activities here.

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 perseverance 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 2021 Heritage Weekend will be held at Destrehan Plantation on Saturday, May 1st and Sunday May2nd from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  The two-day event is open to the public. Visitors will engage in hands-on activities, observe demonstrations, reenactments and exhibits, and participate in music and dance related to 19th century life in south Louisiana.

Included in Admission price:


  • Music by Reaux, Roscoe & Abadie (Saturday from 10:30 - 1:30)
  • Feliciana Vintage Dancers (Saturday from 10:30 - 1:30)



  • Music by Les Bons-Riens Cajun Band (Sunday from 10:00 - 12:30)
  • Louisiane Vintage Dancers (Sunday from 11:30 - 1:30)
  • Music by Kitchen Session (Sunday from 11:30 - 1:30)

Saturday & Sunday Activities (included in the admission price)

  • Procession to the Battle field (Saturday and Sunday at 1:30)
  • Civil War Battle Reenactment (Saturday and Sunday at 2:00)
  • 1811 Slave Revolt
  • Acadian/Wetlands Center
  • Bees and Honey
  • Bousillage Construction
  • Camp Moore Sutlers
  • Celebrating River Road History
  • Chores - Candle Dipping
  • Chores - Laundry
  • Chores - Butter Making
  • Civil War Letters
  • Civil War Reenactors' Camp
  • Cornhusk Dolls
  • Faux Painting
  • Historical Clothing
  • History of the Islenos
  • Homespun Enterprises


  • Houma Native American Traditions
  • Indigo Dyeing
  • Louisiana Master Gardeners
  • Louisiana:  The New Frontier in the 1800s                                                        
  • Life of Enslaved Families
  • Old Time Toys
  • Pitot House
  • Quill Pen Writing
  • Rost Home Colony
  • Spinning
  • St. Charles Parish History
  • Tatting
  • Tignons and Free People of Color
  • Trapping
  • War of 1812 Reenactors
  • Wetland Watchers
For an additional fee:

Lagniappe: Free Parking and Picnic Grounds

Note: Employees, visitors, and volunteers are expected to comply with Covid-19 regulations (e.g., face masks, distancing, sanitizing) in place on May 1st and 2nd, 2021.

Tickets are available on May 1st and 2nd at the Plantation Store/Gift Shop

Option 1 - Heritage Weekend activities only


Option 2 - Heritage Weekend activities and guided tour of slave cabin and main house


Download your Heritage Weekend flyer here.

Download re-enactor's guideline & registration forms here.

The River Road Historical Society is seeking photos of people, places, and events in St. Charles Parish prior to 1960 for an exhibit at Heritage Weekend at Destrehan Plantation on May 1-2, 2021 and for display at the St. Charles Parish Library. If you would like to submit a photo please download the request for old photos flyer and photo submission information here.

For more information contact:

-Rachel Allemand, Heritage Education Coordinator
-Destrehan Plantation
-P.O. Box 5
-Destrehan, Louisiana 70047
-(985) 764-9315, ext. 3 (office)
-(985) 783-6500 (cell)
- Email:
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