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Houmas House

Houmas House

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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The plantation and...
Terri_F, Apr 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
The plantation and grounds were GORGEOUS! The carriage house was DELICIOUS!! My only complaint is that the brochure shows ladies dressed in period attire. We only saw one lady and she was very disappointing in appearance! (I've submitted the photo)
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We loved the tour guide....
Caroline_C, Mar 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
We loved the tour guide. We had an amazing time. The tour guide kept my teenage girls attention. The house was beautiful.
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Sugar Palace
Lana_N, Mar 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Beautiful plantation. The tour guide was also exceptional. The gift shop had desirable items to purchase.m
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Lovely historical site
Rod_K, Feb 2022
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
Enjoyed hearing about the history and stories from our guide as we went through the house. Would love to have been there in the spring when the gardens would be in bloom
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Very beautiful. Interesting, Impressive.
Nicolette_T, Dec 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
I liked everything about it. I am appreciative for the new owner for keeping his home open to the public for viewings. So first and foremost I would like to Thank Him. "Thank-you". There were so many things to see and learn, Our guide Ruth was very pleasant and knowledgeable. She made it even better as she would listen to our questions and she contained a plethora of information. It was definitely, for me, a place I would like to return to.
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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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Houmas House
Tania_T, Oct 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
A lot of deep and rich history about Houmas House. Many of the artifacts and original furnitures were well preserved. The grounds of the house is beautiful and gives you a brief tale of what good living was like hundreds of years ago. Although, I would rather the tour guide not sugarcoat the house was a sugar plantation and that slaves were exploited to do the labor. This is America and that’s the true history of our cultural roots that many minorities were exploited and oppressed.
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Beautiful grounds
Hannah_B, Oct 2021
Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour
The grounds were beautiful and we learned a ton about the the owners and the land. The tour guide was dressed in garb from the 1800s which made the experience more fun. It was a great tour. Highly recommended
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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
Elfego_O, 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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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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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!

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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