Stop 1: Whitney Museum Plantation
-Whitney Plantation is the only plantation museum in Louisiana dedicated to understanding the facts of slavery.
As a site of memory, with the focus on lives of the slaves and their legacies, visitors can experience the world of an 1830’s sugar plantation through the eyes of the enslaved people who lived and worked here.
-During the 90-minute walking tour, visitors will gain a unique perspective on the lives of the enslaved people on a Louisiana sugar plantation, learning their stories through the real oral histories recorded by the Federal Writers Project during the Depression.
-On the National Register of Historic Places, the site includes the last surviving example of a true French Creole Barn, what is believed to be the oldest detached kitchen in Louisiana, and the Big House, considered the earliest and best preserved raised Creole cottage in Louisiana, all built by slaves.
-With the original structures nestled in a working sugar cane field, visitors are sure to marvel at the authentic representation presented at Whitney.
Through these restored buildings, museum exhibits, memorial artwork and thousands of first-person slave narratives, Whitney Plantation gives a voice and respect to the slaves, who lived, worked, and died here.
Stop 2: Oak Alley Antebellum Plantation
-Explore the most photographed plantation in Louisiana, this home was built in 1839 and was originally name Bon Séjour (pleasant sojourn).
-The quarter mile avenue of 28 giant, live oaks leading up to the house, they dubbed it Oak Alley.
-The Slavery at Oak Alley exhibit shares the story of those who were enslaved on this sugar plantation from approximately 1835 to the end of the Civil War. It also shares the daily life of these slaves, including topics such as healthcare, punishment and life after Emancipation.
You'll Also See:
The Confederate Commanding Officer’s Tent exhibit.
The Sugar Cane Theater, it tells the story of sugar’s impact on the people of Oak Alley, through video and exhibit.
Black Smith Shop House, one of the few remaining 1890s era forges of its type in Louisiana.
What to Bring
Please dress for weather conditions.