Destrehan Plantation’s Heritage Day set for Friday

Destrehan Plantation invites the public to dive into Louisiana’s past and walk in the footsteps of history through music, dance, demonstrations, exhibits and hands-on activities during its annual Heritage Day.

The event will be held Friday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The plantation is located at 13034 River Road in Destrehan.

Brenda Benoit, the coordinator of heritage education at Destrehan Plantation, said Heritage Day is a family-friendly event that is open to the public and designed for all ages.

“The kids don’t realize that they’re learning so much throughout the event,” she said. “It’s a total immersive experience.”

Demonstrations of butter making, candle dipping, needlework, trapping, and many other old-time activities will take place at the event. The day will also feature a petting zoo, live music, dancers, and actors portraying War of 1812 soldiers. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

The day is funded, in part, by a grant from United Way of St. Charles. Benoit said Heritage Day pays tribute to the many cultures – including Native American, French, Spanish, African and German – that came together to make Louisiana unique.

Heritage Day visitors may choose to participate in the activities only or in combination with a guided tour of a slave cabin and the main house. Admissions fees are as follows: Heritage Day activities only – $10 per child (ages 7-17) and $13 per adult. Children 6 and under are free.

Heritage Day activities coupled with a guided tour of slave cabin and plantation home are $13 per child (ages 7-17 years) and $26 per adult. Children 6 and under are free.

For more information, contact Benoit at 985-764-9315, ext. 3.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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