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Houmas House

Houmas House

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1,327 Reviews
37142 1st St, Darrow, Louisiana, 70725

The Basics

General Wade Hampton built Houmas House in the 1820s for his wife, Mary Cantey. By the late 1850s, the house and grounds were valued at an incredible $1,000,000, and the plantation employed some 150 slaves. It was owned at the time by John Burnside. Dubbed the “Sugar Prince” for his immense wealth, he presided over the largest sugar empire in the South. The mansion is a popular stop on tours of Louisiana’s River Road plantations. Visit the grounds independently, or join a small-group tour from New Orleans to see the house itself.

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Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Great tour, well worth the price
Keith_C, May 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
The Houmas House was beautiful; the tour guide had extensive knowledge; the gardens and the grounds were clean and well kept; the live oak trees were massive; enjoyed our tour tremendously.
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Recommend
gail_l, Aug 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
What a treasure! Great information on the property and it's history. Lovely grounds and the Dixie cafe was delicious
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Enjoyed the beautiful...
Laurie_P, Aug 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Enjoyed the beautiful grounds and house tour. Guide was very knowledgeable about the history and unique treasures. View from the veranda was gorgeous. Appreciated the wheelchair accessibility .
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Great & informative
Fego, Jun 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Our tour guide knowledgeable, friendly & enjoyed sharing. Great for the money & loved learning about history of Houmas house!
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Check this place out!
PatrickRivers, Jul 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Loved it! This was such a great experience... Gorgeous place with amazing history... Our tour guide Suzannah was amazing!
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WOW. WOW
Josie_B, Jul 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Amazing amazing amazing. They even had written text for my husband about the plantation. I’d recommend seeing this place. The gardens in itself was worth it.
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Beautiful but best if you go when they are not having a wedding
Jason_M, May 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Walking through the beautiful house learning the history and walking through the beautiful oak grove
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Perfect for the Price
GayeLynn_K, May 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Great experience for the price. Tour guide good. Trees amazing. Do not require me to say more. I am person of few words.
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5 star
Hector_H, May 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Very interesting and informative. We would come again to see this place. Tour guide was also outstanding and answered all our questions.
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Houmas House Plantation
Phoeny, Apr 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Our tour guide Elizabeth was very knowledgeable and informative about the house and grounds. She gave us information on the history of the house and property, which was incredibly interesting. I wish however, that the museum on the grounds didn’t cost another $20 each to see.
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Beautiful 🤩
AGV, Mar 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Excellent food at the Carriage House restaurant!!! Five star cuisine! The guide was very knowledgeable and had an answer for every question on the house tour 😊
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Great history
Heather_K, Mar 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
The tour guide was excellent, took questions and was able to really give a real unbiased view of the time.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry to Houmas House is by paid ticket.

  • There are three restaurants on-site offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Tours of the house are available in both English and French.

  • The house is wheelchair accessible.

  • Make time for a classic mint julep at the Turtle Bar.

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How to Get There

Houmas House is located along River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The street address is 40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725. Daily bus services pass the house from New Orleans, and guided tours often provide round-trip transport. There is parking on-site for those planning to drive to the plantation.

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When to Get There

Houmas House is open seven days a week. Opening hours are 9am–8pm. The first tour of the day departs at 9:30am, and the last tour at 7pm. The most popular times to visit are midmorning through early afternoon, so plan to come later in the day for a quieter experience.

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Visit Napoleon House New Orleans

Continue your trip back in time to the Big Easy’s glory days with a stop at Napoleon House in the French Quarter. The house got its name after a plot was hatched to rescue Napoleon from exile and bring him to the city. The emperor died before the plot could happen, but the name stuck. The house is now a popular bar and restaurant serving dishes with a Southern twist.

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