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Plantation Country’s Historic Structures
Many of the Bayou State historic sites take the form of gorgeous plantations homes, which have decorated the Louisiana landscape for centuries.
And although plantations are found throughout the southeast, a dense gathering of these antebellum antiques are found in southern Louisiana – in an region aptly known as Plantation Country.
A small town just outside of Baton Rouge – home of the Louisiana State Capitol Building – St. Francisville was founded in 1809 and plays host to many plantation homes available for tours.
Both a U.S. National Historic Landmark and on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site was built in 1835, and offers tours daily from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Also in St. Francisville and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Myrtles Plantation was constructed in 1796, and is said to be one of the most haunted homes in the country.
Historic tours are given daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the recommended Mystery Tours are held Friday and Saturday evenings at The Myrtles.
Another famous plantation town in southern Louisiana is Vacherie – just 20 minutes west of LaPlace, and an hour west of New Orleans. Vacherie is home to the stunning Oak Alley Plantation – built in 1837 and approached by traveling down a scenic tunnel of oak tress.
This 25-acre U.S. National Historic Landmark features self-guided and staff-led Big House tours. Less than four miles west of Oak Alley along the Mississippi River, the Laura Plantation was built in 1820, and offers 70-minute guided tours of this historic plantation.
Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
Opened in 2006, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is found in the Louisiana Plantation Country just west of Baton Rouge. The area covers over 14 parishes, featuring a variety of Cajun cultural sites and excellent things to do.
The area runs from Baton Rouge to Alexandria and back down through Lafayette. Visitors will find plenty of outdoor recreation, culture, history, and must-sees throughout the heritage area. Over 14 tours are offered of the heritage area, including the Cajun Christmas Tour, Historic Downtown Plaquemine, Creole Heritage Tour, and more.
Port Hudson State Historic Site
Named a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the Port Hudson State Historic Site preserves fortifications and artillery from the Siege of Port Hudson during the American Civil War. The site is located just south of St. Francisville in LA’s Plantation Country.
Highlights within the site include the Port Hudson Peace Monument, the collection of artillery, and six miles worth of trails crisscrossing the site. Be sure to visit both the on-site museum and Port Hudson National Cemetery for more info, or take in a Port Hudson reenactment.