Plantations in Louisiana are unique places that combine history
and nature into one ultimate package. Guests from all over the
United States flock to see these places. Some of them are the
remnants of the dark American past, but most are lovely and tranquil
places of respite and relaxation.
The Cottage Plantation
The history of the Cottage Plantation goes back to year 1795.
This originally Spanish colonial site was bought and rebuilt by
an American family. Cypresses and oaks shade the massive colonial
house, located in the center of the plantation. Practically all
buildings, some of them dating back to the 18th and 19th century,
were preserved in their original state and could be visited by
tourists. The Cottage Plantation house boasts a great collection
of antiques; some of them are available for sale in the nearby
Frogmore Cotton Plantation
Composed of 18 various structures dating back to the 1800s and
spreading over nearly 2000 acres, the Frogmore Cotton Plantation
offers a great historical experience. The tours include visiting
the 19th century buildings, housing unique content such as a Smithsonian
quality 1884 Munger steam gin. For the ones interested of the
more contemporary methods of planting and harvesting cotton, Frogmore
Cotton Plantation offers a guided tour of the currently used equipment.
Frogmore Cotton Plantation is still fully functional and produces
high quality cotton on a daily basis.
Established in the 1830s, the Rosedown Plantation had been in
the hands of the descendants of the original owners for nearly
a century. The plantation once encompassed nearly 3500 acres and
the magnificent house, built in the Federal - Greek Revival style,
stood at the head of a 660-foot long oak alley. Rosedown Plantation
offers a peaceful rest and relaxation time for its guests, who
should delight themselves in visiting the exquisite gardens and
the sophisticated plants collections within them. Naturally, the
original plantation buildings and structures are also available
Laura - A Creole Plantation
Originally set up in 1804 near Vacherie by a French veteran of
the American Revolution, the Laura Plantation was one of the main
suppliers of sugar cane in that area. The plantations had grown
to 10 sizeable buildings and used to be accessible from Mississippi
river. Nowadays the Laura Plantation offers plantation tours,
filled with picturesque reconstructions of the 19th century life
style. The Plantation is recorded in the National Register, along
with its 12 buildings surrounded by sugar can fields.
The Myrtles Plantation
The pride history of the Myrtles Plantation dates back over 215
years ago, to the time when it was built by General David Bradford.
This plantation offers a really unique experience - a haunted
mansion tour. The large house located in the center of the grounds
incorporates interesting architectonic features and an abundance
of artwork. The Myrtles Plantation was featured on a number of
American TV shows. It was also featured in The Haunting of Louisiana.
This place truly brings back the Southern tales of romance and
mystery, making it a perfect location for a riveting stay!
Louisiana plantations were once homes to wealth landowners. Some
still are. In spite of a dark past, these plantations allow one
to step back into history yet admire the beauty of the present
at the same time.
Notice: On November 22, 2013, the historic LeBeau Plantation
in New Orleans was burned to the ground by suspects who believe
the place to be haunted.