Laura Plantation is distinguished as a Creole Plantation. You may have seen the word Creole in front of a menu item in a New Orleans' restaurant, but the word Creole is used to describe more than just food! Creole is a people, culture, and lifestyle that flourished in Louisiana in its infancy. It is characterized by a blending of European (mostly French and Spanish), African, and Native American ethnicities, food, architecture, traditions, and family values. Creoles spoke French and were Catholic. Before Louisiana became part of the U.S.in 1803, the non-Anglo-Saxon people who made up much of the population in the South became what we know today as Creoles. The Creole population functioned in an elitist society, where class, not race, was the determining factor in one's status and welfare. Societies (even rural ones) followed a strict social conduct code, one where tradition and family were paramount, women were allowed to own and run businesses, and where human bondage was an accepted reality to produce wealth. Creole plantation owner Laura Locoul Gore (1861-1963) documented first hand much of what we know about Creole lifestyles and slavery in her memoirs, which are now retold daily to visitors at Laura Plantation.