Through music, dance, demonstrations, exhibits and hands-on activities, Destrehan Plantation invites the public to take a look at Louisiana’s past during Heritage Weekend.
The event will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Plantation Heritage Education Coordinator Rachel Allemand said this year the decision was made to open the event up to the public. In the past, it was presented only to school field trips.
This family-friendly event includes period music provided by Kitchen Session, Les Bons-Riens Cajun Band, and Reaux, Roscoe and Abadie and dancing with the Feliciana Vintage Dancers. Demonstrations of spinning, tatting, corn husk doll-making, butter making, candle dipping, trapping and many other old-time activities will take place each day.
“There’s something for everyone,” Allemand said, highlighting that the weekend will include activities for children as well as adults.
The St. Charles Parish Art Guild will demonstrate faux marbling, a painting technique frequently used in homes in the 18th and 19th centuries, during the weekend, and an exhibit of photos and newspaper articles will tell the story of the first 150 years St. Charles Parish. Re-enactors from the War of 1812 and the Civil War will be camping at Destrehan Plantation, interacting with visitors and demonstrating cannon firing. A Civil War battle reenactment will also take place each day.
The weekend is funded, in part, by a grant from United Way of St. Charles. Heritage Weekend pays tribute to the many cultures – including Native American, French, Spanish, African and German – that came together to make Louisiana unique.
Heritage Weekend visitors may choose to participant 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 Weekend activities only – $8 per child (ages 7-17) and $10 per adult. Children 6 and under are free.
Heritage Weekend activities coupled with a guided tour of slave cabin and plantation home are $10 per child (ages 7-17 years) and $22 per adult. Children 6 and under are free.
Pony rides, food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Advanced registration is available online at www.destrehanplantation.org, or visitors may purchase tickets the days of the event at the plantation site.
For more information about Heritage Weekend or a comprehensive list of activities and a band schedule, visit www.destrehanplantation.org/events/heritage-day.