St. Joseph Plantation Presents Creole Mourning Tour

St. Joseph Plantation is proud to present its Annual “Mourning Tour” featuring the mourning customs and rituals of 19th Century Creole Louisiana. The tour runs from October  1st through November 3rd . The plantation home is dressed in full “deep mourning”. Black crepe drape and wreath adorn the front doors. Pianos and organ are closed; mirrors covered, white candles and flowers accentuate the black draped coffin which is placed in the main hall as was the old Creole custom of home visitation. Each room of the plantation home is decorated according to these prescribed customs.

Incorporated into the regular house tour, St. Joseph Plantation family members and friends explain these old customs and rituals, which are all so very important in understanding the rich history and culture of Old Creole Louisiana and should not be forgotten. An invitation is extended to all who want to learn and experience the rich history and culture that makes South Louisiana so unique, interesting and loved. 

On the weekends of October 8th and 9th and October 29th and 30th,  live re-enactments will portray some of the people that lived at St. Joseph and the practice of their mourning customs.  

In the early days of the 18th and 19th Century, the Creoles of Louisiana were predominantly of French, German and Spanish descent. These families, whose parents and grandparents had settled in New Orleans and the surrounding areas of South Louisiana were all Roman Catholic. Their religion was woven deeply into the fabric of their daily lives. Morning, evening, and before meal prayers, rosaries and holy candles also made up the patterns of daily life in these homes. In the city and on the plantation, these customs were devoutly followed.

Holy Days were also very important and November 1st, All Saints’ Day, (“La Toussaint”), was one of the most celebrated Holy Days of the year.

For more information or to set up a tour, visit or call 225-265-4078.

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Nestled between New Orleans and Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River, the River Parishes of St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes unfold along River Road beckoning visitors to fall in love with the charm, beauty and mystique of Southeast Louisiana. The area’s rich and vibrant history offers a mixture of culture, cuisine and attractions not easily matched by any one location throughout Louisiana. For more information about the River Parishes Tourist Commission call 985-359-2562 or visit