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St. Joseph Plantation, Vacherie

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St. Joseph Plantation is a historic plantation located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the town of Vacherie, St. James Parish, Louisiana, United States of America. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Joseph Plantation is located at 3535 Hwy 18 Vacherie, LA 70090, adjacent to Oak Alley Plantation and up-river from Laura Plantation. The plantation was first owned by Josephine Aime Ferry in 1830, but the Ferry family sold it to Joseph Waguespack (1802-1892) in 1877 (Waguespack's son, Aubert Florian, owned Laura Plantation). In 1890 Saturnine Waguespack merged St. Joseph Plantation with Felicity Plantation to form the St. Joseph Plantation and Manufacturing Company. It is today maintained by descendants of the Waguespack and Simon families.
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  • The interesting thing about the antebellum houses situated along Louisiana's River Road from Baton Rouge to New Orleans is each is architecturally different and has a unique story to tell. Take St... 
    The interesting thing about the antebellum houses situated along Louisiana's River Road from Baton Rouge to New Orleans is each is architecturally different and has a unique story to tell. Take St...  more »
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  • When we visit Biloxi, Mississippi, my husband and I take side trips to nearby Louisiana. Over the years, this has allowed us to see several of the plantations along the River Road. They are unique and offer valuable history lessons. I'm not sure how we missed St. Joseph Plantation before; however, we were very pleased we connected this trip because this was something very special. Thankfully, some of these River Road homes have been saved by local patrons of local history, architecture, or both. Some are still home to the owners who allow tours to be conducted. What makes St. Joseph Plantation a rare and captivating find is the very strong family connection to the property, and it is still a working farm. The story of the family and their history was interesting but made fascinating by the tour guide, Sylvia. In her hands, the tour is a rich gumbo of family memories, family artifacts, and photos/paintings of family members. There was also a far more relaxed vibe to this tour. You could touch many artifacts; there may have been a caution about picture taking, but I don't recall hearing one. This sort of visitor engagement and the farm-to-table lesson makes it a wonderful family tour, a tour we plan on taking again.
  • Great tour and representation of the time period.. The tour guide Adrienne was very informative and had unlimited knowledge of the time period. Also recommend the Felicite House bundle next door.

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