Recent Searches
Clear
St. Joseph Plantation
St. Joseph Plantation

St. Joseph Plantation

3535 Louisiana 18, Vacherie , Louisiana

The Basics

St. Joseph Plantation was built for the Scioneaux family using slave labor. Gabriel Valcour Aime, known as the Louis XIV of Louisiana, later bought it for his daughter when she married. After the Civil War, it was sold to the Waguespack family, who have retained ownership ever since.

Visitors can tour the house and its manicured grounds, see the cabins where the family’s slaves lived, and explore interesting exhibits detailing what life was like on the plantation both for the slaves who worked the sugar fields and the wealthy owners that lived here. Visitors often combine a trip here with a visit to the Museum of Slavery or visit as part of a plantations tour.

Show all
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
star-4.5
$128.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
I’d definitely go again.
The whole experience was terrific!! Gazele was great!! The plantation were very clean and beautiful.
Jessica_J, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

star-5
Spring Break
Carlan_M, Sep 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Our tour guide was the so patient, kind and knowledgeable! I highly suggest using this company if you are considering touring. Whitney plantation was so REAL , so RAW! Covid 19 guidelines adhered to! Went with teenagers and they loved it and were engaged in excursion! Thank you
star-5
Awakening
Shantae_L, Aug 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Love the stories and the ability to really showcase the history and challenges that the enslaved had to go through! History should never be forgotten or erased!
star-5
Two very different Experiences rolled into One
LL-SL, May 2021
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Rene our driver was great and so informative. Kristyn at Laura was incredible and so full of poise. Very informative. St. Joseph's was also informative but different since it was from a descendant's POV. Hard to hear the truth of the past but important to learn.
star-5
My Small-Group tours of Oak Alley...
Roselia D, Oct 2015
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
My Small-Group tours of Oak Alley and Laura Plantations were fantastic! Our group of 10 was picked up from our hotel on time, the tour bus was clean and comfortable, and out tour guide Giselle was so pleasant! Our group enjoyed both tours and plantations but the guide at Laura Plantation was particularly interesting and fun. I would highly recommend Viator and this tour to anyone visiting New Orleans!
star-5
Whitney Plantation Tour
Michelle_C, Jun 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
It was one of the best tours I have ever done . The tour guide,Giselle was wonderful ! She was very knowledgeable .The subject matter of the tour is sensitive and she was very empathetic and caring. I was hesitant to take the tour being a black women but it was worth it.
star-5
Whitney and St Joseph plantation tours
Erinn_G, Jun 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Tours by Isabelle is tour company we used. Our tour guide Giselle was amazing. Both plantations that we visited gave us a real history lesson. This is great tour to do if you plan on going to New Orleans.
star-4
Generally a very good tour. Van...
Charlotte C, Dec 2014
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Generally a very good tour. Van operator was most informative as were guides in the plantations visited. Unfortunately too many people were stuffed in a small van and this had the potential of being a serious safety issue.
star-5
Humbling experience.
Jaelah_H, Aug 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
My group and I truly enjoyed ourselves with the tours of the plantation. The Whitney plantation was very humbling and sorrowful. It was well needed to see how my ancestors lived and so forth. The St. Joseph tour gave in-site of the lives of the master while the Whitney plantation gave in-site of the slaves and their lives. Very educational. John was an excellent guide and very friendly. Many laughs and good vibes. John was very informative and a true southern gentleman. He was punctual on arriving and departing. The van was clean, rode smooth, and was comfortable. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
star-5
A must do!!
helmersc18, Feb 2020
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Excellent tour of two very different plantations! Guides are well-versed in the history, portraying the lives of both the “big house” and the “back of the house” in a respectful and illuminating the way of life of this time period!
star-4
Emotional
qiana_l, Nov 2020
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
I didn't like that your wi fi dont work u are left to visit alone so u are giving a website to down load audio . It didn't work so we was lost to take guess at what we saw
star-5
Enjoy the plantations!
lionheart716, Feb 2020
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Madeline was our driver/guide on the bus, and she is fabulous. She knows her history and is spell-binding in how she tells her stories. The tours at each of the plantations were given by staff at each location, and were just okay. We had more time at Oak Valley, so I brought a bagged lunch that I enjoyed under the massive oaks.
star-5
St. Joseph and Whitney Plantation Tour!
Sharon_S, Oct 2020
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Great Experience! I highly recommend it. Not only did we get a tour of both plantations but Miss Isabelle was full of knowledge about the history of Louisiana and the unique terrain of the area. Loved it! Will definitely do another one when I am back next Spring!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the plantation is via paid ticket.

  • Discounted tickets are available for students, youths, seniors, and active military. Children under 5 go free.

  • A visit to St. Joseph’s connected sister plantation, Felicity, is included in the ticket price.

  • The renowned architect Henry Hobson Richardson was born here in 1838.

  • Throughout October, the plantation hosts daily “mourning tours” detailing the Creole customs and rituals that used to be observed after the death of a family member.

  • Parts of the movie 12 Years a Slave were filmed at the Felicity plantation.

Show all

How to Get There

St. Joseph Plantation is located at 3535 Highway 18 in Vacherie, 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside New Orleans. Most people opt to visit as part of a tour with transport provided, or by car. There is free parking at the plantation. Access via public transport is difficult.

Show all

Trip ideas

Best Weekend Getaways from New Orleans

Best Weekend Getaways from New Orleans


When to Get There

St. Joseph Plantation is open from Thursday to Tuesday. It is closed on Wednesdays and major holidays. Guided tours depart on the hour from 10am–3pm, with tours early in the day tending to be quieter.

Show all

Museum of Slavery

Gain insight into what life was like for the slaves who spent their days working in the fields and homes of plantation owners at the nearby Whitney Plantation’s Museum of Slavery. Through first-person narratives, the museum aims to present a true picture of the often terrible conditions in which the enslaved people lived and the many hardships they had to endure.

Show all