St. Joseph Plantation
St. Joseph Plantation
4.5
Historic Sites • Farms
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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St. Joseph is open for tours! We are following proper CDC guidelines to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable. Please visit our website for details at www.stjosephplantation.com. Enjoy a relaxed tour or the St. Joseph home and grounds. Learn about sugar farming in rural South Louisiana, and about all those who contributed to the home and land since its beginning. St. Joseph has also been the home of several film and TV projects, including "Queen Sugar", "12 Years a Slave", "Mudbound", "Underground", and more. We are open 7 days a week from 9:30a-4p with 7 tour options available each day.
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Darla H
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
My husband and I took the tour of the house and grounds on the first Saturday of their Mourning tours. It was very interesting and our guide was thorough, kind and very informative. I highly recommend this tour over the more commercialized ones on the river road. It is more personal and relaxed, definitely less crowded.
Written 2 October 2022
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636steve636
Saint Charles, MO4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Really enjoyed the plantation tour! Loved the house and grounds. Great tour hosts. Very interesting sugar cane information
Written 6 August 2022
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dale h
7 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
St.Joseph and Felicity tour was excellent!! Miss Sylvia was our docent and was so informative. Someone who loves her job!! This was very much worth the stop.
Written 26 July 2022
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Been There Done That
Danville, VA198 contributions
The St. Joseph Plantation was my least favorite of all the plantations I visited. I visited four. It was okay, but not great. I would only recommend if you went to most of the others. I think it’s popular because of all the filming done here. It seemed to be a hodgepodge of rooms. Rooms were dedicated to more themes, not necessarily true to the plantation or any particular time period. For example, the dining room is not located in the correct room. I think it would be better if they would pick a theme or time period and go with it.
Written 3 July 2022
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Bonnie
8 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
The tour guide lacked personality and historical knowledge. She didn’t introduce herself to us or engage in any way that would let us know she was glad we were there. She didn’t know much about the historical significance of the home, the time period or the people who’d lived there. We would’ve been better off doing a self guided tour just to look at the rooms because that basically all we did. The guide stood in the rooms with us while we looked around.
Written 25 June 2022
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60seattle
Kent, WA134 contributions
May 2022
Great plantation to visit. There was no one else on the tour with us. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Several enslaved quarters to see.
Written 30 May 2022
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777krf
St. Augustine4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful experience! The house and Plantation are beautiful, and Sylvia, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I hope to return and would encourage anyone to visit.
Written 23 May 2022
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,884 contributions
Apr 2022
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. Joseph Plantation. Located at 3635 Highway 18 in Vacherie, next to Oak Alley, it was built around 1830 with dowry money from Gabriel Valcour Aime, known as the "Louis XIV of Louisiana" and reputedly the wealthiest man in the South. It was purchased in a post-Civil War sheriff's sale in 1877 by Joseph Waguespack and has remained in the extended family ever since. General manager of the property is Joan Boudreaux, Waguespack's great-great-great granddaughter. The main house, built in 1840 in a Greek Revival and French Creole design, is unique for its double-wide French doors that provide cross-ventilation for the home's 16 rooms and its cypress plank floorboards that shine from decades of waxing. The plantation's most famous son is Henry Hobson Richardson, one of the nation's premier architects of the 19th century. He was born at St. Joseph Plantation in 1838 and is renowned for designing the original Marshall Field department store in Chicago and the Trinity Church in Boston. See the 16 live oak trees that are an estimated 300 years old with the largest boasting a girth of 23 feet. Four of the huge oaks shade the backyard well, 10-foot-wide iron syrup kettle, several slave cabins, a detached kitchen the remnants of a narrow gauge railroad that carried sugar cane from the fields.
Written 10 May 2022
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Trail411011
2 contributions
Apr 2022
Jake, our tour guide was knowledgeable, humorous, and fielded our questions/ comments during the tour. The house is lovely- a must see. I understand that Hurricane Ida did much damage, but much effort has gone into repairs. Suggest touring on a nice day
Written 2 April 2022
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Monica G
Roswell, GA6 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This was our favorite plantation tour on the way to New Orleans! The property is gorgeous and our tour guide, a former history teacher, is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. If you love these beautiful houses and their history be sure to ask your guide to visit 'Felicite', their sister plantation house. Totally worth your time and the most affordable plantation visits too!
Written 26 March 2022
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