Visiting the Antebellum Homes in Louisiana

You can’t go to Louisiana without traveling to a couple of the historic antebellum homes.  They are filled with rich history and beautiful architecture.  They are known throughout the state as a must see if you want to know anything about the state’s past.  These homes come from a time period dating between 1830 and 1862.  Most of the homes have columns and Greek pillars and are an amazing sight to see.  The balconies, covered porches and grand staircases will leave you in awe.  Not to mention the formal ballrooms that played a huge part in the families that lived there, as well as the town people that came to dance in them.

One of the most famous places to visit is the Destrehan Plantation.  Minutes from the great city of New Orleans, the Destrehan Plantation antebellum home was built in 1790 along the Mississippi River.  This beautiful home was built by a free mulatto.  Charles built the home for his love, Robin deLogny.  He died two years later after building and living in this beautiful home.  It was eventually bought by Mr. deLogny’s daughter Celeste and her husband, in 1810.  They added twin wings to the beautiful house.  It stayed in the d’estrehan family for many years.  It was remodeled in 1840 and then seized by the Union Army in 1861.  After many years, it was abandoned until eventually the River Road Historical Society saved the house.  Since then it has been restored to the d’estrehan time period and refurnished with original art and period furnishings that belonged to them.  Daily visits to the Destrehan Plantation are a lot of fun and very informational as well.  Tours through the house will be told by staff dressed in period clothes. 

If you are near the Baton Rouge area, the Magnolia Mound Plantation is a must see.  This antebellum home was built in 1701 and was influenced by French and West Indian architecture.  Starting out as a settler’s house and built on a 900 acre plantation, it was renovated between the years of 1802 and 1805 and still stands in elegant beauty today.  Furnished with Louisiana made objects and furniture, the house also has French pieces of furniture from the time period.  If you are interested in learning more about the French Creole lifestyle, you can do so by visiting here.

Another plantation that you should take the time to see is located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Wallace, Louisiana.  The Evergreen Plantation currently has 37 buildings registered with the National Register of Historic Places.  Built in 1832, it is still a privately owned plantation that grows sugarcane.  Taking a tour here will allow you to learn more about plantation culture.  Visit these antebellum homes and learn more about Louisiana’s history.   
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