Visit two grand Louisiana plantations from the antebellum period on a guided tour from New Orleans. Start along the banks of the Mississippi River at the historic Oak Alley Plantation, named after a double row of live oaks planted nearly 300 years ago. Later, a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Laura Plantation gives a sobering perspective on pre–Civil War society. Go inside one of the historic slave cabins where it is said the West African folktales that inspired the Br'er Rabbit stories were first recorded.
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