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Take Time to Go Back in Time on a Plantation Tour

May 1 2018 | News

In the mid-1880s, two-thirds of America’s millionaires were planters on the Great River Road between Natchez and New Orleans. Spring is the perfect time to go back in time at one or more of the fascinating plantations in the Baton Rouge area, the heart of Plantation Country.

Expert guides (some in hoopskirts) will tell you fascinating and not widely known tales of the Old South – the good and the bad – as you walk up grand staircases, peer into rooms in period decor, and stroll through magnificent gardens. Learn about fainting couches, shoo-flies, and garçonnières. Hear tales of valor during the War Between the States, pirates who sold bootie on the front lawns of these grand homes, and raging yellow fever epidemics. Hear whispers of hauntings that continue today.

Richmond Inn and Suites is not far from the Great River Road. Book your room now and plan your adventure. Here are five of the most famous plantations in our area. Click the link below to discover others.

Oak Alley Plantation

At the end of a quarter-mile canopy of 300-year-old live oaks is the “Grand Dame” of Great River Road, Oak Alley Plantation. This Greek Revival-style mansion is filled with antiques and fascinating stories about the people whose portraits hang on the walls. Learn how at one time the plantation was in such disrepair that cows roamed through these rooms. Those days are gone and only grandeur remains. Learn more.

Laura: A Creole Plantation

Not far from Oak Alley is Laura where you can hear compelling stories of four generations of Creole women who ran the plantation for 84 years. The tours are based on 5,000 pages of documents, including Laura Locoul’s Memories of My Ole Plantation Home. A fascinating experience awaits. Learn more.

Nottoway Plantation

The “big house” in White Castle – the South’s largest antebellum plantation – does not disappoint. It is so big it has 365 openings (windows and doors) – one for every day of the year. Stand in the snow-white ballroom and let your mind twirl back to the days before the Civil War. Learn more.

The Myrtles

There are plantations closer to Richmond Inn and Suites than The Myrtles but, if you love a good ghost story, it's well worth the drive. Here an invisible baby cries, a harmonium plays all by itself, kid spirits swing from the chandeliers, and Chloe, the spectre of a one-eared slave girl, scurries up the stairs. The Myrtles has been called “the most haunted house in America.” See what you think. Learn more.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

This charming Greek Revival mansion was built by a French planter in the late 1700s and renovated in 1840 by John Smith Preston, son-in-law of Civil War hero General Wade Hampton. It was also the setting of the Bette Davis film “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.” What we love about this house is that it’s still lived in and doesn’t have a museum feel. We know you’ll love it, too. Learn more.

Photo: houmashouse.com

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