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St. Joseph Plantation
St. Joseph Plantation

St. Joseph Plantation

3535 Louisiana 18, Vacherie , Louisiana

The Basics

St. Joseph Plantation was built for the Scioneaux family using slave labor. Gabriel Valcour Aime, known as the Louis XIV of Louisiana, later bought it for his daughter when she married. After the Civil War, it was sold to the Waguespack family, who have retained ownership ever since.

Visitors can tour the house and its manicured grounds, see the cabins where the family’s slaves lived, and explore interesting exhibits detailing what life was like on the plantation both for the slaves who worked the sugar fields and the wealthy owners that lived here. Visitors often combine a trip here with a visit to the Museum of Slavery or visit as part of a plantations tour.

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Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
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USD135.00 per adult
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Both plantations were...
Both plantations were quite beautiful. The guides were very knowledgeable and informative. The stories associated with the plantations were fascinating.
Gregory_G, Aug. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Need to to this tour
lana_y, Jul. 2022
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
The tour was fantastic! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, patient, and funny. The plantation is beautiful, the history is really impressive. My heart could feel the pain and suffering of those as if they were still there. I would highly recommend the Whitney Plantation.
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Essential visit.
Karend, Apr. 2022
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Essential tour with historical accounts of slavery. Very moving and educational. Our driver/guide Elena was very helpful and knowledgeable. The guide for the Josephine plantation was also very well versed on the history and accounts of that plantation. The size of the group was just right as well. It was personable and detailed.
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Both tour guides were...
Bill_F, Mar. 2022
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Both tour guides were perfect for the job, friendly and informed. One of the guides was a retired professor and the second was a local resident. They made the entire tour come alive.
star-5
A memorable plantations tour!
Matthew_P, Nov. 2021
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Today, we did a plantations tour with Ellen. She picked us up in a new, spotlessly clean van and gave us a great overview commentary of NOLA and the areas that we passed through. She also offered recommendations and answered all the questions we had regarding restaurant recommendations in the French Quarter and beyond. Merci bien, Isabelle and Ellen, for making our tour a fun and memorable day!
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NOLA visit 2022
Jesse_B, Apr. 2022
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
The van, time and schedule of tours, tour options and the guide were all comfortable, convenient and informative. I enjoyed learning of New Orleans and the people that shaped its history. I will definitely recommend securing a tour with this tour when visiting the big easy.
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Very Informative Tour
Peggy_D, Feb. 2022
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
The entire experience was very interesting, informative and well managed. The tour guide from Isabelle's Tours, was charming, knowledgeable and organized. The two plantations were especially interesting, especially Whitney. Anyone interested in the real history of the plantation era in the south should absolutely take this tour.
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I’d definitely go again.
Jessica_J, Jun. 2021
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
The whole experience was terrific!! Gazele was great!! The plantation were very clean and beautiful.
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Spring Break
Carlan_M, Sep. 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Our tour guide was the so patient, kind and knowledgeable! I highly suggest using this company if you are considering touring. Whitney plantation was so REAL , so RAW! Covid 19 guidelines adhered to! Went with teenagers and they loved it and were engaged in excursion! Thank you
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One of the best tour companies!
fierceta, Jul. 2022
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
This has probably been one of the best tours I have ever been on in any city hands-down. Gisele was beyond a treat to spend the day with. She was one of the most knowledgeable tour guides I’ve ever met, and I have been on quite a few tours. She gave us so much information about New Orleans, the area surrounding, and just so much history about Louisiana. The plantations we visited, Laura and Saint Joseph, were nice to see as well. Laura plantation was with a larger group at a steady pace. Saint Joseph was a lot more laid-back which was nice. Giselle also gave us some terrific options to visit for dinner during our stay. This tour company & her are highly recommended!
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Amazing History Lesson and Well Worth The Time and Money
Mia_D, Apr. 2022
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
What a great way to spend the day! We booked with Tours by Isabelle and John was our driver and guide for the day, he was the BEST! John made the whole experience educational, lighthearted and really made the day such a fun time. Crystal at the Laura Plantation was AWESOME- she was so knowledgeable on everything from the grounds to the generations of people owning and working this plantation. St. John was also very interesting from the perspective of the buildings and the history of harvesting sugar cane. The only tip is that's it's a long day with no food or snacks, would be a great idea to pack something to nibble on for your party. It's a missed opportunity for the tour co. or the plantations to not offer a boxed lunch or something for guests to add to their package.
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Excellent trip. Isabel is...
Karen_B, Feb. 2022
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Excellent trip. Isabel is very knowledgeable and a great resource if information about New Orleans. She is also very organized and communicates well. I highly recommend this trip!
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Awakening
Shantae_C, Aug. 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Love the stories and the ability to really showcase the history and challenges that the enslaved had to go through! History should never be forgotten or erased!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the plantation is via paid ticket.

  • Discounted tickets are available for students, youths, seniors, and active military. Children under 5 go free.

  • A visit to St. Joseph’s connected sister plantation, Felicity, is included in the ticket price.

  • The renowned architect Henry Hobson Richardson was born here in 1838.

  • Throughout October, the plantation hosts daily “mourning tours” detailing the Creole customs and rituals that used to be observed after the death of a family member.

  • Parts of the movie 12 Years a Slave were filmed at the Felicity plantation.

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How to Get There

St. Joseph Plantation is located at 3535 Highway 18 in Vacherie, 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside New Orleans. Most people opt to visit as part of a tour with transport provided, or by car. There is free parking at the plantation. Access via public transport is difficult.

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When to Get There

St. Joseph Plantation is open from Thursday to Tuesday. It is closed on Wednesdays and major holidays. Guided tours depart on the hour from 10am–3pm, with tours early in the day tending to be quieter.

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Museum of Slavery

Gain insight into what life was like for the slaves who spent their days working in the fields and homes of plantation owners at the nearby Whitney Plantation’s Museum of Slavery. Through first-person narratives, the museum aims to present a true picture of the often terrible conditions in which the enslaved people lived and the many hardships they had to endure.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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