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Plan a Visit to Louisiana’s Historic Plantation Homes
Louisiana is known for its plantations and you’ll find no shortage there. Arlington Plantation House is a beautiful two-story Greek Revival style house. It’s available for exclusive rentals for special weddings and events.
Visit the Kent Plantation House, described as a French colonial style house. It prides itself on being one of the oldest structures still standing. Explore the Laura Plantation, a historic sugar plantation that shows how Creole families lived in those days.
You may want to call the Ghostbusters for this next plantation as it’s considered one of the most haunted homes. Myrtles Plantation was built in the 18th century and carries with it a lot of history.
Another former sugar plantation is the Oak Alley Plantation. Take in a tour or grab a bite to eat. The Rosedown Plantation touts itself as being one of the most intact plantations in the area. It’s currently owned by the state of Louisiana.
Arlington Plantation House
Built in 1861, the Arlington Plantation House is located in the historic district of Franklin. The house, one of the finest Greek Revival plantations in Louisiana, was built by Honore Carlin and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Several oak trees on the plantation's seven acres are over 400 years old, to go along with over 420 notable plantations and buildings in historic Franklin. Complete your visit in Cajun Country with a tour of the nearby Antebellum Homes, the Oaklawn Manor, and nearby Bayou Swamps.
Kent Plantation House
Built in 1800, the Kent Plantation House is a historic home located in Alexandria. The home, which sits on a well-manicured four acres, is thought to be the oldest standing structure in central Louisiana.
Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, the Kent Plantation features a ton of authentic and refurbished artifacts and décor dating back to the early 19th century. The bousillage Creole house and other exterior buildings are all available for tour.
Located southwest of La Place in the town Vacherie, the Laura Plantation is a Creole-style plantation home built in 1805. A staple of Louisiana's Plantation Country, Laura is one of the 15 remaining plantations in the state.
During a tour of the plantation, visitors see original antiques owned by home's original families, including Laura Locoul Gore's memoir, "Memories of the Old Plantation Home." Other must-sees include 12 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the 1840s slave cabins.
Located on 10 acres of land near Saint Francisville, the Myrtles Plantation was built by General David Bradford in 1796. Throughout the years, the home was sold and bought by several families and has undergone restoration, and was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places.
One of the more intriguing aspects of the home is the Legends of Myrtles Plantation ghost tales. The home was featuring on the television shows "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Ghost Hunters," and even offers Weekend Mystery Tours for those wanting to learn more about the ghost sightings.
Oak Alley Plantation
Built between 1837 and 1839, the Oak Alley Plantation is located in Vacherie, southwest of La Place.
This beautiful mansion features 28 Doric columns surrounding the antebellum home, on a 25-acre site of the former sugar cane plantation.
Visit this National Historic Landmark to see the plantation's namesake, the Alley of Oaks, a magnificent double row of live oak trees spanning 800 feet long.
Explore the grounds on a self-guided tour, viewing sites like the Confederate Commanding Officer's tent, Stewart Gardens, the Roman family tombstone, the Steward family graveyard, and more.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site
One of the South's most intact domestic plantations, the Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site in Saint Francisville was completed in 1835. The Greek Revival home is a listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a staple of Louisiana's Plantation Country.
The historic site preserves the main house, along with 13 of the original historic buildings and the historic gardens, on 371 acres of land. The site is maintained and operated by the Louisiana Office of State Parks – conducting tours and programs available to the public.