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Excellent tour of the Whitney, my wife and I really enjoyed it. Extremely moving and eye opening. I’d much prefer this tour to simply seeing a large plantation house. The driver was friendly and on time and the bus was comfortable. Absolutely A++ tour.
May 08 2017
The tour was absolutely amazing. The guide at Whitney Plantation was very knowledgeable and charismatic. He related the topic of slavery to current social justice issues. The Gray Line bus driver was also knowledgeable and provided a lot of detailed information along the way. However, in addition to providing information about New Orleans and the surrounding areas, he was often mentioning restaurants to go to, and it felt like constant product placement.
Apr 21 2017
The Whitney Plantation is the right tour if you want to learn more about slavery. I was not interested in seeing a beautiful plantation house. The sculptures are worth the visit alone.
In 2014, the Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262 year history as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery.
Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the enslaved people who lived and worked here.
The early owners of Habitation Haydel, later known as The Whitney Plantation, became wealthy producing indigo before the plantation transitioned to sugar in the early 1800's.
Whitney is also significant because of the number of its historic outbuildings which were added to the site over the years, thus providing a unique perspective on the evolution of the Louisiana working plantation.
The Big House is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture and one of the earliest raised Creole cottages in Louisiana.
The Whitney Plantation Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.
As a site of memory and consciousness, the Whitney Plantation Museum is meant to pay homage to all slaves on the plantation itself and to all of those who lived elsewhere in the United States.
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