A Louisiana Legacy

Heritage Weekend

Due to the current health crisis COVID-19, Heritage Weekend is cancelled. Everyone, including young and healthy people, should avoid large gatherings during this time.

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 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 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.

Hands-on Folk Life Activities

  • Candle making                    
  • Butter making
  • Grits making
  • Weaving
  • Knot tying
  • Petting of farm animals
  • Art activities 
  • Gardening
  • Old time games
  • Calligraphy
  • Genealogy

Performances - with Audience Participation

  • Native American dance and storytelling                  
  • African dance and drumming
  • Vintage dancing
  • Music of the south
  • Louisiana Fiddle State Grand Champion
  • Sea songs and chants
  • Reenactment of the Louisiana Purchase
  • Civil War encampment and battle reenactments

Exhibits and Demonstrations

  • Domestic tasks such as washing clothes, tatting, rag rugmaking, and open-hearth cooking
  • Indigo dyeing
  • Antique irons
  • Old time toys
  • Bees and honey
  • 19th century clothing
  • Bousillage construction
  • 1811 Slave Revolt
  • Civil War rifle and cannon firing
  • Reenactors in period appropriate clothing

Lagniappe (A Little Something Extra)

  • Picnic grounds - bring your own lunch          
  • Plenty of parking space
  • Concession stand - chips, candy, pickles, water and soft drinks
  • Country market - history related books, toys, and games
Note: Specific folk 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.


For school groups on May 1, 2020:

(Note: Registration is required for school groups. Please download the registration form here.)

For other visitors on May 1, 2, or 3rd 2020:

Visitors only (no school groups) book your ticket here for May 1st, May 2nd or May 3rd Heritage activities only

Heritage Weekend

(Note: Tickets may be purchased at the Destrehan Plantation gift shop on the day(s) of the event. Discounts for AAA Auto Club members, active military, and senior citizens may apply. Please ask if you are eligible for a discount when purchasing your ticket.)

Download your Heritage Weekend flyer here.

Download Civil War Reenactor Guidelines here.

Download Civil War Reenactor Registration Form here.

For more information contact:

-Rachel Allemand, Heritage Education Coordinator
-Destrehan Plantation
-P.O. Box 5
-Destrehan, Louisiana 70047
-(985) 764-9315, ext. 102 (office)
-(985) 783-6500 (cell)
- Fax: (985) 725-1929
- Email: destreheritage@destrehanplantation.org
- Website: http://www.destrehanplantation.org


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