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laura plantation was originally owned by andre neau in 1755 and is an excellent example of a creole plantation. the raised creole plantation house was built in 1820. in 1891 laura locoul sold the plantation to florian waguespack and designated in the deed that the plantation was to be forever called "laura". laura plantation has an interesting collection of out buildings and slave cabins. laura plantation is listed on the national register of historic places and is open to the public.
laura plantation is located between baton rouge and new orleans on highway 18 near vacherie LA.
Updated Sep 16, 2012
If you haven’t been to the Angola State Prison Rodeo yet, you need to place it at the top of your ‘to do’ list. Reflecting back on my day spent here, it’s hard to recall any event which I’ve attended that came close to this level of enjoyment.
The rodeo includes not only bull and bronco riding, but also sale of goods produced by the inmates! It only happens on Sundays in October, but it is well worth planning your trip around it.
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Written Oct 20, 2011
Used by LSU's Department of Astronomy, this building is also open to the public. There are monthly and special occasion events scheduled, so check out their website for any interesting celestial dates.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
the louisiana state penitentiary museum is located at the main gate to the prison near the town of tunica. this interesting museum has displays on famous inmates, confiscated weapons, movie posters, and other angola photos and relics. a very interesting museum to visit in north central louisiana. from baton rouge take US 61 north to tunica. the prison is at the western end of river road just west of the town of tunica. admission is free.
Updated Jun 13, 2009
nottoway plantation is one of the largest plantation homes in louisiana. the house is 53,000 square feet and has 64 rooms. the plantation house was designed by architect henry howard in the italianate style. the house was built for john hampden randolph in 1858. prior to the civil war nottoway plantation had 6,200 acres and 155 slaves. open to the public by appointment. call 225-545-3730.
nottoway planation is located between baton rouge and new orleans at 30970 hwy 405 near white castle LA.
Updated May 21, 2009
tezcuco plantation was built in 1855 by benjamin tureaund. tezcuco was originally a raised creole plantation house with greek revival accents. sadly this beautiful and historic home was destroyed by fire in 2002. it is still worth a stop to see the the ruins of the plantation house. not open to the public.
tezcuco plantation is located between baton rouge and new orleans on state highway 44 near darrow LA.
Updated May 18, 2009
st. joseph plantation is an excellent example of a louisiana sugar cane plantation. the raised creole plantaion house was built in 1830. this 2,800 acre plantation has an interesting collection of out buildings and slave cabins. st. joseph plantation is listed on the national register of historic places and is open to the public.
st. joseph plantation is located between baton rouge and new orleans at 3535 state road 18 near vacherie LA.
Written May 18, 2009
evergreen plantation was originally a creole farm house. it was completely remodeled in 1832 by pierre becnel in the greek revival style. in the 1860's it was owned by lenzin becnel who owned 103 slaves. evergreen is listed on the national register of historic places. evergreen plantation is open to the public by appointment. call 504-201-3108.
evergreen plantation is located between baton rouge and new orleans on state road 18 near wallace LA.
Updated May 18, 2009
oak alley is one of the most visited plantations on the "river road". originally called bon sejour it was built by george swainey in 1839. this greek revival plantation house is known for it's 28 doric columns that encircle the house. oak alley gets it's name from the double row of live oak trees that were planted prior to 1837. oak alley is listed on the national register of historic places.
oak alley is located between baton rouge and new orleans at 3645 state road 18 near vacherie LA.
Updated May 18, 2009
greenwood plantation is located about 30 miles north of baton rouge on US 61. this beautiful plantation home was built by william ruffin barrow in 1830 on a 3,000 acre cotton plantation. by the 1850's greenwood had expanded to 12,000 acres and had 750 slaves. in the late 1850's barrow became a politician who pushed for succession from the union. barrow died in 1862. after the civil war the reconstruction government forced the barrow family to sell the plantation. because of radical reconstruction after the civil war greenwood was unprofitable and had a number of owners. frank perry bought greenwood in 1915 and in 1940 opened it to the public. in 1960 the plantation house was hit by lightning and the house was not reopened to the public until 1983. today greenwood is owned by the barnes family and is operated as a historic attraction and a bed & breakfast inn. a very interesting side trip when in baton rouge.
directions take US 61 north past st. francisville then left on highland road. see the attached web site for more information.
Updated May 16, 2009
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