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Houmas House

Houmas House

37142 1st St, Darrow, Louisiana, 70725

The Basics

General Wade Hampton built Houmas House in the 1820s for his wife, Mary Cantey. By the late 1850s, the house and grounds were valued at an incredible $1,000,000, and the plantation employed some 150 slaves. It was owned at the time by John Burnside. Dubbed the “Sugar Prince” for his immense wealth, he presided over the largest sugar empire in the South. The mansion is a popular stop on tours of Louisiana’s River Road plantations. Visit the grounds independently, or join a small-group tour from New Orleans to see the house itself.

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Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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The absolute best Plantation tour.
Cynthia_W, Aug. 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
I've been several times and it never disappoints. Hands down the best preserved and best decorated Plantation House. The Gardens and grounds are very lovely. Try one of the restaurants too!
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Awesome
Linda_O, Jul. 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Everything was so beautiful and I really enjoyed the tour guide the way she gave us all the history and how things worked. It was fascinating. I definitely want to go back.
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The history of the...
Rick_A, Jul. 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
The history of the mansion from beginning to present day. Had been well preserved and all original except air conditioning.
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Picturesque and beautiful
Rebecca_W, Jul. 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Our tour guide Patrick was awesome! He was very knowledgeable and even took time to let those of us who wanted to take pictures do so. The gardens are absolutely beautiful very picturesque! We loved the whole experience
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Lavish plantation.
Nadma_D, May 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
The interior was similar to an European seat of a king. Lavishly decorated, albeit different time periods, like the Gauguin painting. Especially enjoyed the gardens. Would have liked to see more emphasis on the enslaved people.
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Cheryl was an amazing...
Marianne_W, May 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Cheryl was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgeable about the entire history of the plantation. Beautiful plantation and gardens
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The tour guide was...
Norma_H, May 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
The tour guide was excellent in providing information and details about the Houmas Plantation owners. The flowers and trees with ponds and waterfalls are beautiful. We had lunch in the Carriage house and it was excellent. Be sure and get the butternut soup. I highly recommend this as a must see if you are in the area to visit. Lots of history to enjoy.
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The plantation and...
Terri_F, Apr. 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
The plantation and grounds were GORGEOUS! The carriage house was DELICIOUS!! My only complaint is that the brochure shows ladies dressed in period attire. We only saw one lady and she was very disappointing in appearance! (I've submitted the photo)
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We loved the tour guide....
Caroline_C, Mar. 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
We loved the tour guide. We had an amazing time. The tour guide kept my teenage girls attention. The house was beautiful.
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Sugar Palace
Lana_N, Mar. 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Beautiful plantation. The tour guide was also exceptional. The gift shop had desirable items to purchase.m
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Lovely historical site
Rod_K, Feb. 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Enjoyed hearing about the history and stories from our guide as we went through the house. Would love to have been there in the spring when the gardens would be in bloom
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Great tour, well worth the price
Keith_C, May 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
The Houmas House was beautiful; the tour guide had extensive knowledge; the gardens and the grounds were clean and well kept; the live oak trees were massive; enjoyed our tour tremendously.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry to Houmas House is by paid ticket.

  • There are three restaurants on-site offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Tours of the house are available in both English and French.

  • The house is wheelchair accessible.

  • Make time for a classic mint julep at the Turtle Bar.

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How to Get There

Houmas House is located along River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The street address is 40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725. Daily bus services pass the house from New Orleans, and guided tours often provide round-trip transport. There is parking on-site for those planning to drive to the plantation.

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When to Get There

Houmas House is open seven days a week. Opening hours are 9am–8pm. The first tour of the day departs at 9:30am, and the last tour at 7pm. The most popular times to visit are midmorning through early afternoon, so plan to come later in the day for a quieter experience.

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Visit Napoleon House New Orleans

Continue your trip back in time to the Big Easy’s glory days with a stop at Napoleon House in the French Quarter. The house got its name after a plot was hatched to rescue Napoleon from exile and bring him to the city. The emperor died before the plot could happen, but the name stuck. The house is now a popular bar and restaurant serving dishes with a Southern twist.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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