Laurel Valley Plantation is the largest surviving 19th and 20th century sugar plantation in the United States. (yes nearly 200 years old!) It's located outside Thibodaux, Louisiana. I brought the kids while on vacation.
The country store is a museum of rural life antiques and also sells crafts and artworks made by local residents of the Bayou Lafourche area.
Feed bags, 50-cents
Chickens, goats, turkeys, picks and more!
Dress (from 1900)
There have been 10 movies made at Laurel Valley, from 1987 through 2004, including Interview with a Vampire (Tom Cruise) and Ray (Ray Charles movie).
Imagine working the sugar canes field on this "tractor". Yikes.
Pick up a map in the general store for a drive through tour of the village.The driving tour is a couple of miles through a working cane field to Laurel Valley Village where you’ll see tenant houses from the 1800s and a school house built in 1906.
Not sure if this was the school house or a chapel.
Sugar cane is not normally "cut" until the fall, so the cane behind my son will double, if not triple, in size before harvest time.