The 1805 house is unlike your image of a Plantation House. It is not white but painted yellow and blue and red and even some green. It was owned and operated by generations of strong Creole women the last of whom was the namesake Laura. The sugarcane plantation was eventually expanded to cover 12,000 acres of land.
Our tour guide was a charming young man in his 20s who really knew his material and had been impeccably trained as a guide. He managed to impart a lot of information and still have a sense of humor. The almost 90 minute tour went by very quickly as we were entranced by our surroundings and the stories of the people who lived there.
Since all the recommendations for Laura had been so on target we had to have lunch at the highly preferred B&C Seafood. Part seafood market and part restaurant. We even purchased a quart of gumbo on our way out which made for a tasty dinner tonight.
We spent the next hour investigating the area a bit more including a short walk up to the top of the levee to view the mighty Mississippi. We decided that we should go see another plantation (Evergreen Plantation) a few days from now.
Observation: When we were almost back to our lodging we sat in traffic while waiting for a very slow moving train to make its way across the road. The distant train whistles have also been a comfort to us as we drift off to sleep at night.