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.

There is a collection of old tractors.

 
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.




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