This plantation is about a half-hour drive from New Orleans. Our tour guide, James, was very good. His voice was clear and the information he conveyed was detailed without being overwhelming. He was open to questions and explained rules (no photography of the delicate Jefferson documents) firmly yet with humor. The house itself and the grounds are beautiful, and after the tour visitors are free to explore and enter some of the outbuildings.The educational center holds a strong exhibit on the 1811 revolt, an important piece of history; one of the tribunals was held on the Destrehan Plantation gallery. The plantation was also used as a Freeman’s Bureau whose purpose was to teach newly freed people trades to help them live independently, a fact emphasized by the many craft demonstrations: indigo dyeing,herbal remedies, carpentry, the history of the tignon, and more. I rarely comment on gift shops, but this one was worth going to, with well-made and attractive gifts for children through history buffs. The negative reviews seem to focus on one poor tour guide. People who show up late for tours have their reasons, but in a popular place (tourists, field trips) schedules have to be kept to.
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