Q: What are ticket prices?
A: Ticket prices are $22 for General Admission. Children ages 6-12 are $10. Discount Admission
Seniors, Students with proper ID, Active Duty Military, Residents of St. John and St. James
Children under 6 are free. The group rate applies to all tour companies as well.
Q. Can we go through the plantation on our own?
A. The Whitney Plantation may only be viewed by guided tour. The Visitor’s Center museum
exhibits and Museum Shop are self-guided.
Q. Do tours sell out?
A. Tours will sometimes sell out, especially with large group bookings. Advance
reservations are strongly suggested.
Q. What are your hours?
A. The museum opens at 9:30 AM and closes at 4:30 PM. Guided tours are offered at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2,
Q. What days are you closed?
A. We are closed every Tuesday as well as New Year’s Day, Mardi Gras Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving
Day and Christmas Day.
Q. What age is appropriate for the tour?
A. We allow people of all ages on the tour. However, the tour is long and may be difficult for young
Q. How long should we plan on our visit to last?
A. The tour lasts 1.5 hours, and you should plan to be on site for approximately 2 hours.
Q. How do I make group reservations?
A. All group tour requests must be completed by filling out the Group Tour Request Form,
due to the high volume of group tour requests, no group tour reservations will be taken over the
Q. How do I get to the museum?
A. Directions can be found on this page
Q. What should we wear for our visit to the museum?
A. We recommend that you dress comfortably and for the elements of Southern Louisiana.
Because of the landscape during the walking tour we suggest you wear comfortable walking
shoes with closed toes.
Q. Is on site parking available?
A. Yes, we have a surface lot on site that can accommodate 106 cars; we are constructing an
additional parking lot at present. The existing parking lot includes 4 handicapped Spots.
Q. Is the Whitney plantation ADA compliant?
A. The visitor center is ADA compliant. The historic Big House is not, and visitors with wheelchairs
will not be able to visit the second level. The tour is an hour and a half walking tour.
Q. Can I rent a wheelchair?
A. Unfortunately, The Whitney Plantation does not have wheelchairs available for rent. There are a
number of rental facilities in New Orleans that can be found here
Q. Do you have special accommodations for the hearing impaired?
A. Whitney Plantation will offer a written copy of the information on the tour for guests to follow
along while on tour.
Q: Are baby strollers permitted in the museum?
A: Baby strollers may be used in the Visitor’s Center and taken through the grounds if they are able
to go over gravel. However, baby strollers are not permitted in the Big House.
Q. Is photography permitted?
A. Yes, photography for personal, non-commercial use only is permitted. Flash photography is not
allowed inside the historic structures.
Q: Are visitors permitted to sketch at the Whitney Plantation?
A. The timing of the tour does not allow for staying in one place for long enough to create artwork,
however this may be arranged in advance for a small fee. Contact Ashley Rogers to book
painting, drawing, or photographing the Whitney.
Q. Can we bring outside food into the museum?
A. Yes, outside food is permitted. However, food is only allowed in and just outside of the Visitor’s
Center. There is no food permitted on the tour or inside any of the historic structures. Only
water bottles may be taken on the tour.
Q. What are the dining options on site?
A. We have vending machines with snacks and drinks.
Q. Am I allowed to leave and come back?
A. The Whitney grounds may only be viewed by guided tour. You must stay with your tour guide at
all times, barring an emergency. You may leave the Visitor’s Center and come back.
Q: Are backpacks, suitcases or luggage permitted in the museum?
A: Backpacks, purses and small camera bags are permitted on the
tour. We ask that you check luggage and large bags with the front desk staff.
Q. Do you have lockers or storage facilities?
A. No, however any checked bags will be kept in a secure location with staff.
Q. Who owns Whitney Plantation?
A. John Cummings, an attorney and preservationist from New Orleans is the founder.
Q. Where did the furniture in the Big House come from?
A. Most of the furniture in the Big House was purchased at auction houses in New Orleans. Some
came from France. The founder of Whitney purchased these items with the advice of Early
Louisiana furniture experts, consulting numerous documents related to the furnishing of
Louisiana homes in the early 19th century. Many of the fine examples
of Louisiana furniture in the house came from the Houmas House
auction in 2003, and several pieces are featured in the Historic New Orleans Collection’s
publication Furnishing Louisiana.
Q. Are the murals in the big house original?
A. Yes. They have been cleaned to show them closer to their original state, but they have not been
touched up. We still intend to remove layers of paint on some of the fireplace surrounds to
uncover the faux marble underneath.
Q. Who is the artist who did all the statues around the property?
A. Woodrow Nash, of Akron, Ohio is the artist responsible for the “children of Whitney” statues.
The property also features art installations or paintings created by Rod Moorhead, a sculptor
working in Oxford, Mississippi; Ed Wilson, of Houston,Texas; Beth Lambert of New Orleans,
and Ulrika Francis of New Orleans. Elise Grenier of Grenier Conservation in Florence, Italy is
the art restoration specialist who cleaned the paintings in the Big House and restored the faux
marble decoration on the front gallery of the Big House.
Q. Where did you get the names that are engraved on the granite walls?
A. The Wall of Honor contains the names of enslaved individuals heldon Haydel family-owned
plantations. These were recovered from official court documents such as the Inventories of the
Successions of Haydel family members, and other original documents pertaining to the family.
In addition to the names of the slaves, the descriptive information included in the Inventories
concerning each person, which was provided in the legal documents as a justification for the
value assigned to each one, is engraved as well.
The 18 Walls Monument presents names from the Louisiana Slave Name Database, which was
created in the same way as the Haydel information. An exhaustive search of every succession
proceeding in every courthouse in Louisiana through 1820 provided the names and basic
information of all people enslaved in Louisiana between the years1719-1820. This project was
the work of Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, the author of “Africans in Colonial Louisiana”, and was
participated in by Dr. Ibrahima Seck, currently the Director of the Whitney Institute.
Q. What is the significance of the Field of Angels?
A. The Field of Angels transcribes the names of enslaved children who died between 1823 and 1863
on the Haydel plantation and the parish of St. John the Baptist, at an average age of three years.
The Records of the Archdiocese of New Orleans are the source of this information.
Q. Was the church original to the plantation?
A. The Antioch Baptist church was completed just after the Civil War. The Antioch congregation
donated it to the Whitney Plantation after completion of a new, larger church. In 2001, it was
moved to its current location and then restored.
Q. Which of the buildings are original to the property?
A. Several buildings are original, they include: The Big House,
Overseer’s house, one pigeonnier, the plantation store, the mule barn, the kitchen, and the
French barn. Two slave cabins belonged to Haydel family members on a neighboring farm – the
Mialaret Plantation. They were moved along with four additional cabins from other locations
along River Road. The blacksmith shop and carriage house were rebuilt according to their
Q. Can we rent out the Whitney Plantation for special/ private events?
A. Yes. To inquire about special event rentals please click here to submit a request
The Slave Population
Slavery In Louisiana
The Atlantic Slave Trade
Slaves of the Plantation
Slave Trade In Louisiana
Jean Jacques Haydel Sr.
Jean Jacques Haydel Jr. and Marcellin Haydel
Marie Azélie Haydel
Ownership of the Whitney
Bradish Johnson to John Cummings III
Ashley Rogers - Director of Operations
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