Magnolia Mound Plantation


The plantation house, now surrounded by an urban setting, was once the center of a 900-acre operation. The collection of furnishings and decorative arts include locally made furniture from LA's colonial period in carefully restored and documented settings, as well as French and English ceramics, crystal and furniture. Come see how the Creole-French lived and worked on a daily basis. BREC's Magnolia Mound Plantation is a rare survivor of the vernacular architecture influenced by early settlers from France and the West Indies. This venerable landmark is unique in southern Louisiana not simply because of its age, quality of restoration, or outstanding collections, but because it is still a vital part of the community. Through educational programs, workshops, lectures, festivals and other special events, Magnolia Mound's mission is to illustrate and interpret the lifestyle of the French Creoles who formed the fascinating culture which still influences and pervades life in southern Louisiana. The main house was built circa 1791 as a small settler's house and as prosperity came to the lower Mississippi Valley, the house was enlarged and renovated in 1802-1805, to become the elegant seat of a major landowner. Spanning the colonial era and early statehood, Magnolia Mound's collection of furnishings and decorative arts include one of the foremost public groups of Louisiana-made objects, in carefully restored and documented settings. This year BREC’s Magnolia Mound Plantation marks the 50th anniversary of its preservation. A rare survivor of the vernacular architecture influenced by early settlers from France and the West Indies, Magnolia Mound will mark its special anniversary year of its rescue with special events and programming. In 1966 a spirited local campaign which included school children, citizens and preservationists from across the state united to prevent the last-minute demolition of Baton Rouge’s oldest surviving frame house. A successful court action allowed BREC to acquire the house and a six acre tract surrounding containing a grove of ancient live oak trees. Historic House Museum BREC's Magnolia Mound Plantation, a historic house museum, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The original section of the Main House was built c. 1791. The house was expanded to its present size at the beginning of the 19th century. During that particular time, details such as a rare cove ceiling and Federal style woodwork were added. Surrounded by many aged live oaks, the plantation house has retained its Creole plan and character for over 200 years. It is constructed of cypress beams with bousillage-entre-poteau and the original cypress flooring. The furnishings illustrate how a French Creole plantation house would have been decorated in the early 19th century. Open-Hearth Kitchen Reconstructed separate outdoor kitchen is authentically furnished with vintage utensils, such as spider pots, a clock-jack, sugar nippers, waffle iron, olla jar and reflector ovens. From October to May, open-hearth cooking demonstrations are held in the kitchen. Quarters A double slave cabin c. 1830 with two living quarters furnished appropriately to the period. This rare early cabin was originally located at Cherie Quarters at Riverlake Plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish. Pigeonnier A small structure c.1825, built to house squab and various game birds, is a rare surviving early outbuilding rescued from the nearby Barthel plantation in Iberville parish. Overseer's House Original to the plantation c. 1871 and served as home to the man who was responsible for the success or failure of the plantation's various operations. Privy A rare three-seat outhouse from the mid-19th Century from Rosebank Plantation in West Feliciana Parish was moved to the property in 2012 and restored as an example of early sanitation practices. Magnolia Mound Gift Shop Located in the Visitor's Center, the Magnolia Mound Gift shop offers an interesting selection of books, exquisite jewelry, hand-crafted items, pottery and unique, affordable gifts. Most of the items are Louisiana made. Children have their very own section of the museum store that features fun, educational toys, books and collectibles. Admission Prices Guided Tours: Adults: $10.00 Seniors (65+): $8.00 Children (3-17): $4.00 Children (under 3 with family): FREE Special Discounts (with ID): $8.00 Full-time College Students Military Teachers AAA Self-Guided Tours of Grounds: $3.00 per person

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What makes this business unique? A Rare Survivor of a Creole Plantation


2161 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
United States

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