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Destrehan Plantation, Destrehan

#17 of 119 in Historic Sites in Louisiana
Architectural Building · Historic Site
Destrehan Plantation (French: Plantation Destrehan) is an antebellum mansion, in the French Colonial style, modified with Greek Revival architectural elements. It is located in southeast Louisiana, near the town of the same name, Destrehan.

During the 19th century, the plantation was a major producer of indigo and then sugarcane. The home is most commonly associated with its second owner, Jean-Noël Destréhan, who served briefly as the first United States Senator from Louisiana in 1812. He was influential in the transition of the Orleans Territory to statehood.

The house is a unique example of a plantation home outliving the oil refinery that had been built around it. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural quality and association with important people and events in Louisiana history.

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  • Dianne Honore gives a balanced account of the real history of the plantation that includes the enslaved people. The plantation luxuries--nor the mansions themselves-- would not have existed without.....  more »
  • We had the opportunity to learn from Dianne on her Unheard Voices of the German Coast tour dealing with all the traditionally underrepresented stories of the plantation and surrounding area...  more »
  • We visited the plantation today with our kiddos and let me tell you it was money well spent! Beverly was our guide and she was so amazing! Very knowledgeable, in character, and interactive with everyone. The second guide was very good also! She went out of her way to come and tell the kids little fun facts. The grounds were well kept and we all loved it! Highly recommend 😊
  • Loved learning about this family and visiting this gorgeous house! Definitely a must see, they have in their possession some pretty amazing artifacts. However, I do agree with previous reviewers comments about this tour skimming over the darker parts of American history, and portraying the times as better than what they really were, specifically for the enslaved. If the tour went more into detail about these crucial aspects it really would be a perfect tour.

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