Step into the city’s rich past at one of these historic New Orleans homes. Visit some of the nation’s oldest, still-standing examples of original French, Spanish and American architecture. Walk the plantations where some of New Orleans’ most important residents once dwelled and where many African slaves once worked. Experience the communities famous Jazz musicians grew up in. Learn the difference between a Creole cottage and a shotgun house. Discover and help preserve the unique character of New Orleans’ neighborhoods.
New Orleans Historic Homes
The 1850 House

523 St. Ann St., Lower Pontalba Bldg., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 524-9118, (800) 568-6968 French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic HomeDescription: Faithfully furnished with domestic goods, decorative arts and art of the period, the 1850 House depicts middle class family life during the most prosperous period in New Orleans’ history.

1850 house

Beauregard-Keyes House

1113 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 523-7257
www.bkhouse.orgNeighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic HomeDescription: Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard was a New Orleans native who ordered the first shots of the Civil War fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina in April 1861. Frances Parkinson Keyes was a noted author of more than fifty books and short story collections. Built in 1826, the Chartres Street house they lived in at separate times nearly a century apart bears both of their names and is today a French Quarter landmark.


Bocage Plantation

39050 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725 [Map It]
(225) 588-8000
www.bocageplantation.comNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, PlantationsDescription: Considered a jewel of the River Road plantations and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bocage Plantation is an original, historic treasure of Louisiana. The antebellum mansion, with tree-lined path, two-story columns and elegant decor, has deep historic ties to the early colonization of the Southern United States. The mansion hosts daily tours, private events, and Bed & Breakfast stays. Bocage Plantation is located just an hour outside of New Orleans and is a perfect day-trip excursion for visitors looking to experience the rich history of Louisiana.


Degas House 

2306 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 821-5009, (800) 755-6730
www.degashouse.comNeighborhood: Esplanade Ridge
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic HomeDescription: The Degas House (circa 1852) invites your inquiries regarding overnight stays. Rooms & Suites with private baths, Creole breakfast and Tours of the House (the only home and studio, open to the public anywhere in the World, of the French Impressionist, Edgar Degas). Minutes to the French Quarter and the New Orleans Museum of Art.


Destrehan Plantation

13034 River Rd., Destrehan, LA 70047 [Map It]
(985) 764-9315, (877) 453-2095
www.DestrehanPlantation.orgNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home, PlantationsDescription: Closest Plantation from N.O. Costumed tour guides, exhibits include an original document signed by Thomas Jefferson and Folk Art depicting the 1811 Slave Revolt. Period craft demonstrations daily.


Evergreen Plantation

4677 Hwy. 18, Edgard, LA 70049 [Map It]
(985) 497-3837
evergreenplantation.orgNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, PlantationsDescription: Evergreen Plantation is the most intact plantation complex in the South with 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including 22 slave cabins. Evergreen has its country’s highest historic designation and joins Mount Vernon and Gettysburg in being granted landmark status for its agricultural acreage. Today, Evergreen Plantation remains a privately owned, working sugar cane plantation. People live here and work here. Evergreen Plantation is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.


Gallier House

1132 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-5661
www.hgghh.orgNeighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic HomeDescription: Among the most prominent architects of this glorious era were the Galliers – James and James, Jr. – father and son. Between the two of them they designed some of New Orleans’ most famous and recognizable landmarks. In 1857, at the height of their fame and prestige, the Galliers designed a home of their own in the 1100 block of Royal Street. It still stands today and Gallier House is one of the true architectural gems of the French Quarter.


Hermann Grima House

820 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 525-5661
www.hgghh.orgNeighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic HomeDescription: Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter is the Hermann-Grima House, thought to be the finest example of American architecture in the area. Built in 1831, this Federal mansion boasts the only stable and functional outdoor kitchen in the French Quarter. The mansion has been beautifully restored through historic research and archaeological studies, and accurately depicts the gracious lifestyle of a wealthy Creole family from 1830 to 1860.


Historic New Orleans Collection

533 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 598-7100
www.hnoc.orgNeighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home, Research FacilityDescription: Founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and his wife Leila, the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) has a mission of preserving the French Quarter and New Orleans history. Its Royal Street Complex features seven architectural treasures.


Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725 [Map It]
(225) 473-9380
www.houmashouse.comNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, PlantationsDescription: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a Grand Southern Mansion surrounded by the South’s most beautiful gardens. Our recent restoration of the Mansion and Gardens offers our guests a view of the way life was in the early 1800’s when sugar was king and Houmas House was the largest sugar plantation in the world. Guests will view a museum quality collection of antiques and artwork and will enter each of the rooms. There are no ropes to restrict the experience of touring the Mansion. We offer two restaurants to enhance the experience. Our Latil’s Landing Restaurant is in the French House built in 1775, and is a part of the Grand Mansion. Latil’s was named one of the Top 20 Restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine.


House of Broel’s Victorian Mansion & Doll House Museum

2220 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-2220, (800) 827-4325Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home


Laura: A Creole Plantation

2247 La Hwy. 18 River Rd., Vacherie, LA 70090 [Map It]
(225) 265-7690, (888) 799-7690
www.lauraplantation.comNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, PlantationsDescription: Named ‘Top travel attraction in Louisiana’ by LA Travel Promotion Assn. Daily tours based on Laura’s memoirs of detailed life on the 1805 Creole plantation. 50 minutes from New Orleans.


Longue Vue House and Gardens

7 Bamboo Rd., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 488-5488
www.longuevue.comNeighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home, GardenDescription: Hidden among the trees off Metairie Road is this magnificent city estate. Classified as a National Historic Landmark, Longue Vue is one of the last true examples of the Country Era Place homes that marked affluence in the early 20th century. Both the interior and exterior are feasts for the eyes with meticulously designed rooms and eight acres of breathtaking gardens. Tour the grounds to experience the splendor for yourself.


Madame John’s Legacy

632 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968 French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic HomeDescription: Madame John’s Legacy is one of the finest 18th century building complexes in Louisiana. It is one of the few French Quarter structures that escaped the great fire of 1794, which leveled much of city’s oldest section. The structures on the site in the early 1780’s were destroyed by the conflagration and Madame John’s was erected on the burnt-out lot in 1789.


Madewood Plantation

4250 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390 [Map It]
(985) 369-7151
www.madewood.comNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations


Magnolia Mansion

2127 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 412-9500
www.magnoliamansion.comNeighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Historic HomeDescription: Selected one of the Top 10 most romantic Inns in America for 2007 by & American Historic Inns. This Historic Antebellum Mansion is one of New Orleans Architectural treasures, located in the Garden District, minutes from St. Charles Streetcar, FQ, Restaurants, and major attractions.


Malus Beauregard House

8606 West St. Bernard Ave., Chalmette, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 589-2133
www.nps.govNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations, Historic Site


Musee Rochon

1515 Pauger St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 947-7673
www.rosetterochon.comNeighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home


Nottoway Plantation 

31025 Louisiana Hwy. 1, White Castle, LA 70788 [Map It]
(225) 545-2730
www.nottoway.comNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, PlantationsDescription: Experience antebellum grandeur in a riveting tour of the South’s Largest Plantation Home. Featuring newly-renovated guest rooms, fine cuisine and wines in the new Mansion Restaurant and beautiful gardens. Perfect for weddings and special events.


Oak Alley Plantation

3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090 [Map It]
(225) 265-2151, (800) 442-5539
www.oakalleyplantation.comNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, PlantationsDescription: Come and enjoy her beauty and dream of her rich past. Explore 25 acres of history and romance, regret and rebirth, tragedy and triumph. Stoll these historic acres and see the legacies left by the Romans, the Stewarts & those in between. Step back into antebellum elegance and tour the Big House with a guide in period dress. And witness the reconstructed slave quarters to understand the lives of the workers whose labor made plantation life and its luxuries possible. Visit the Civil War Interpretive Exhibit which consists of a commanding officer’s tent, staffed most days by one of our three Civil War interpreters.

oak alley

Ormond Plantation

13786 River Rd., Destrehan, LA 70047 [Map It]
(985) 764-8544
www.plantation.comNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, PlantationsDescription: Ormond Plantation is a historic Louisiana landmark built in the late 1700s. The house is built in the “Louisiana Colonial” style, with bricks and large cement columns, which create the house’s front porch. The plantation land is lined with beautiful Cyprus and Oak trees that are covered in Louisiana’s native Spanish moss. The plantation is open daily for tours and lunch, and also hosts private-events, including weddings and meetings, year round. Visitors can also stay at Ormond’s Bed and Breakfast, which is located inside the antebellum house and furnished with original antique decor.


Pitot House

1440 Moss St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 482-0312
www.pitothouse.orgNeighborhood: Esplanade Ridge
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic HomeDescription: The Pitot House, nestled on Bayou St. John, is a classic example of 18th century Creole Colonial architecture which served as the home of James Pitot, New Orleans’ first American mayor after the Louisiana Purchase, between 1810 to 1819.


Preservation Resource Center

923 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-7032
www.prcno.orgNeighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic HomeDescription: Dedicated to preserving the historic and unique architectural character of New Orleans’ neighborhoods, the PRC has been in the forefront of preservation efforts throughout its thirty-plus years of existence. Visitors can learn the difference between a Creole cottage and a double gallery Garden District mansion, or between a standard shotgun house and a camelback. The center features both permanent and rotating exhibits on New Orleans architecture and historic neighborhoods.


San Francisco Plantation

2646 Highway 44, P.O. Box 950, Garyville, LA 70051 [Map It]
(985) 535-2341, (888) 322-1756
www.sanfranciscoplantation.orgNeighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

san fran