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Laura Plantation is a Creole plantation located at 2247 Highway 18 (Great River Road) in Vacherie, Louisiana. Today it is open to the public for guided tours.
Laura Plantation was built between 1804-1805. Although the house is beautiful, it was saved from demolition mainly because it is home of the "Br'er Rabbit" story. Alcee Fortier, a neighbor of Laura in the 1870's, heard the story from the slaves who lived on this plantation.
Laura was a sugar plantation. Most of the work in the fields was done by the 185 slaves that lived on the farm. Our tour guide told us that some of the descendants of these slaves still live near the plantation today.
Today the plantation is owned by the Laura Plantation Company. They acquired the land in 1993, and now it is open to the public for guided tours.
Please see the official Laura Plantation website for more information about the history of the house, museum hours, ticket prices, and contact information.
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