"Hamlet With Two Superlative Plantations" Vacherie by calcaf38

Vacherie Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 63 photos

Vacherie sounds just too funny to Francophones: in colloquial French, une vacherie is a dirty trick. Of course, long ago, vacheries were were vaches (cows) were raised.

Anyway, Vacherie is a tiny village with two superb plantations on the South bank of the Mississippi. In the glory days of Louisiana, the whole river was strung with plantations on both sides. Today, not many remain. Driving from New Orleans takes an hour on the interstate, and longer on a leisurely country drive.

The Oak Alley Plantation is magnificent. No matter how many photos you may have seen, the sight of that oak lined "driveway" will enchant you. Almost next door, the very different Laura Créole Plantation is also a captivating site. You can visit both comfortably in half a day.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Splendor in the middle of nowhere
  • Cons:The visits can feel a bit synthetic
  • In a nutshell:Be sure to see both
  • Last visit to Vacherie: Jul 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 13, 2010
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    This is a part of the States we're yet to explore. The plantations look splendid - really hope we make it here one day. A shame though that they minimise the slaves' role at Oak Alley - I would find Laura Créole the more interesting I think

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    I'm impressed by the grandeur of those various mansions nestled down beside the mighty Mississippi! This is a part of the USA I would love to explore - just the way you are. On the back roads and not really knowing what you are doing!


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