Slave Quarters at Oak Alley Plantation

Even if you've been to Oak Alley Plantation in the past, if you haven't seen the newly reconstructed slave quarters, you may want to consider taking a trip to the historic site again. Last summer construction began on this new exhibit to reconstruct some of the plantation's original 20 buildings that made up the slave quarters, which at one time housed over 158 slaves working in the plantation and in the house itself. Alongside this construction project, the Research and Collection's Department at Oak Alley has begun an extensive research effort examining the lives of the lesser-known and lesser-documented residents of the plantation. Questions about how the slaves lived, how they viewed their status as human property, and how their family structure functioned within both the physical and psychological constraints of slavery have been rigorously explored. Although it is impossible to fully answer such questions when there is so little documentation about slaves on the plantation, numerous facts have come to light and thus a better understanding is emerging about the way slavery functioned both socially and economically on this Louisiana sugar plantation. A transitional exhibit is now open where you can see the reconstructed slave quarters and learn about the ongoing research efforts. A visit to Oak Alley Plantation is included on both our Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour and our Grand Tour. Call 1-888-223-2093 for reservations.

The Epiphyte of the Swamp

Epiphytes are plants that grow upon other plants, and surely the most famous epiphyte in Louisiana is the Spanish moss that grows all over the live oaks and cypress trees. Spanish moss may look rough and scratchy, but this lovely plant is surprisingly soft and spongy, made up of fluffy threads which pull nutrients not from their hosts but from the air around them. This moss, sometimes called air plant, has been used for a number of things throughout history, including building insulation, packing material, furniture stuffing, and even padding car seats in the early 1900s. The moss is still used today in small quantities by a number of local craft artists. But in the wild this strange plant can hide quite a number of creepy crawlies, like rat snakes, bats, and one special species of jumping spider that has only ever been found in Spanish moss, so if you ever find yourself under neath it…watch out!

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New Orleans is full of incredible sights, and people take amazing photos while they're on our tours. This photo of the beautiful old oak trees at the aptly named Oak Alley Plantation were taken by TripAdvisor reviewer amandalaren when she visited New Orleans and took our Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour in May. Read amandalaren's review here, or visit our Testimonials Page on our website or on TripAdvisor to find reviews of many other happy tour-goers. 


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Evergreen Plantation Reopens!

Evergreen Plantation is officially open again following a period of many months in which the plantation was closed while a movie was filmed on the property. This plantation is so beautiful and special, with a breathtaking alley of 300 year old live oak trees, more than 20 original slave cabin structures, beautifully restored rooms in the big house, and, perhaps most intriguing of all, the plantation is still a working sugar cane plantation to this day! We are delighted to be finally returning to this gem of Southeastern Louisiana and are subsequently offering our wonderful All Day Plantation and Slave Cabins Tour on Thursday, July 5. Call 1-888-223-2093 or e-mail us to reserve your seats today!

Family Friendly (as always!)

The swamp is just lovely this time of year so when Isabelle and her parents were looking for a lazy afternoon they knew just the place to go! On our Cajun Bayou Tour you can enjoy Mr Torres' wonderful stories; after a lifetime living on the bayou as an alligator hunter and a fur trapper, he has plenty! See wildlife, plants, and enjoy the peacefulness of the louisiana swamp on this slow, relaxed cruise through the bayou. Call 1-888-223-2093 for reservations or visit our reservations page.  

Number Crunchers

As we were going through a few facts and figures over at TBI Headquarters this morning we discovered an amazing thing: we've had over 23,500 people take our Post Katrina Tour since Isabelle first drove a pair of engineers through the devastated city in October 2005. It is so amazing to see the progress we've made since the storm, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, and so much that we can continue to learn from the storm and its aftermath. Join us to find out about our levee system, view five different levee breaches, tour the still abandoned streets of the 9th Ward, and view the amazing rebirth in Musician's Village. Call 1-888-223-2093 or click here for our online reservation request form.