Louisiana Plantation Homes


Many of the state's amazing antebellum homes and plantation mansions remain intact, and are meticulously maintained and furnished with beautiful period pieces.

These classic homes and gardens are located all over the state, with large concentrations along the Great River Road, across south and central Louisiana, and in "Plantation Country" between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Others are located in West Feliciana Parish around the St. Francisville area, and along Bayou Teche near New Iberia.

Louisiana Plantations Near Baton Rouge & New Orleans

Baton Rouge is the center of Louisiana's Plantation Country, an area well-known for its elaborate and beautiful antebellum mansions. These homes were the domestic centers of massive cotton, sugar cane and rice plantations.

Oak Alley Plantation on the Mississippi River
Oak Alley Plantation on the Mississippi River
3645 Highway 18 (Great River Road), Vacherie, Louisiana USA
Oak Alley Plantation website
(Photograph courtesy of Oak Alley Plantation)

 

Most of the larger plantations have been restored and currently now serve as tourist attractions throughout Baton Rouge and its surrounding communities. We recommend visits to Nottoway Plantation, Magnolia Mound, Oak Alley, San Francisco, Houmas House and many others.

San Francisco Plantation on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana
San Francisco Plantation on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

 

 

San Francisco Plantation

2646 Hwy. 44
River Road
St John the Baptist Parish
Garyville, LA 70051-0950

San Francisco Plantation website

San Francisco Plantation along the Mississippi River in Louisiana

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

40136 Highway 942
River Road
Darrow, Louisiana 70725

Houmas House Plantation website

Houmas House Plantation along the Mississippi River in Louisiana

Nottaway Plantation

31025 Hwy.1
White Castle, LA 70788
Phone 225.545.2730
or Toll-Free 866.527.6884

Nottoway Plantation website

Nottoway Plantation

Magnolia Mound

2161 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Magnolia Mound Plantation website

Magnolia Mound Plantation, Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Bocage Plantation

39050 Highway 942
Darrow, LA 70725
Phone: 225.588.8000

Bocage Plantation website

Bocage Plantation

Destrehan Plantation

13034 River Road
Destrehan, LA 70047
Phone 985.764.9315

Destrehan Plantation website

Destrehan Plantation in Louisiana

St. Francisville Area Plantation Homes

The St. Francisville area is rich in history, having been settled in 1809 on the bluffs above the banks of the Mississippi River.

St. Francisville and the surrounding countrysides offer a number of plantation tours at venues such as:

Rosedown Plantation

12501 Highway 10
St. Francisville, LA 70775
Phone 225.635.3332

Rosedown Plantation website

Photo of Rosedown Plantation

Oakley Plantation

Located within Audubon Memorial Park, 4 1/2 miles southeast of St. Francisville on State Hwy. 965, off US Hwy. 61.

Phone 225.635.3739

Oakley Plantation website

Oakley Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation

7747 U.S. Highway 61
P.O. Box 1100
St. Francisville, Louisiana 70775
Phone 225.635.6277
or 800.809.0565

Myrtles Plantation website

The Myrtles Plantation in Saint Francisville, Louisiana

The Cottage Plantation

Located on U. S. Highway 61, six miles north of St. Francisville

Cottage Plantation website

The Cottage Plantation in St Francisville, Louisiana

Afton Villa Plantation

St. Francisville, Louisiana

Although a fire in 1963 destroyed this gothic antebellum mansion, the gardens at Afton Villa are among the most famous and picturesque in the state.

Afton Villa Plantation website

Afton Villa Plantation

 

Classic southern home in St. Francisville, Louisiana
Classic southern home in St. Francisville, Louisiana
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

Plantation Homes in the New Iberia Area

New Iberia is the location of the beautiful Shadows on the Teche plantation home. It was built in 1831-1834 for sugarcane planter David Weeks and his wife Mary C. Weeks.

A simple porticoed facade of eight columns marks the exterior of the facade, and help to support a second floor verandah. The Shadows was built on the edge of one of Weeks's sugarcane plantations.

Many other lovely, historic homes are located along Bayou Teche, and throughout the city. Nearby is the Jefferson Home at Rip Van Winkle Gardens.

Shadows on the Teche plantation in New Iberia, Louisiana, with azaleas in bloom in the spring
Shadows on the Teche plantation in New Iberia, Louisiana
317 East Main Street • New Iberia, Louisiana 70560 • 337.369.6446
Shadows on the Teche website
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

 

 

Joseph Jefferson Mansion at Jefferson Island, Louisiana, part of the Rip Van WInkle Gardens
Joseph Jefferson Mansion at Jefferson Island, Louisiana
5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia, LA Phone 337.359.8525
Rip Van Winkle Gardens website
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

Beautiful home on historic Bayou Teche

New Iberia, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Beautiful home in New Iberia, Louisiana, along Bayou Teche

Beautiful southern plantation style home on Bayou Teche

New Iberia, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Beautiful home in New Iberia, Louisiana, along Bayou Teche

Two-story home in New Iberia, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Beautiful home in New Iberia, Louisiana, along Bayou Teche

Old live oak tree, touching the ground, in New Iberia, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Old live oak tree, touching the ground, in New Iberia, Louisiana

Historical marker of the former home of Frederick Larned Gates

New Iberia, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Historical marker of the former home of Frederick Larned Gates

Oaklawn Manor

On Bayou Teche in Franklin, Louisiana

3296 E. Oaklawn Drive
Franklin, Louisiana 70538
Phone: 337.828.0434

Oaklawn Manor Plantation website

Oaklawn Manor

Plantations in Central and North Louisiana

Plantation homes existed all over Louisiana, including the central and north sections. Kent House is located in Alexandria, and near Natchitoches is Melrose Plantation.

Beau Fort Plantation near Natchitoches, Louisiana
Beau Fort Plantation

The Narcisse Prud’homme Plantation Home or Beau Fort as it is known today is one of the jewels of the Cane River National Heritage Area. Beau Fort is an early Creole-influenced residence built between 1790 and 1821. It is one of the oldest plantations located along Cane River in Natchitoches Parish and reflects the region’s French Creole history and architecture. Visit the website of Beau Fort plantation

The National Historic Landmark District includes 33 blocks in the heart of Natchitoches. In addition, the Cane River National Heritage Trail has become a popular destination, linking various historical sites and area plantations.

Kent House Plantation

3601 Bayou Rapides Road
Alexandria, LA
Phone 318.487.5998

Kent House Plantation website

Kent House Plantation

Melrose Plantation

3533 Highway 119
Melrose, LA 71452
Phone 318.379.0055

Melrose Plantation website

Melrose Plantation

 

Have plans to tour Louisiana plantations and swamps?

Visitors to Louisiana often experience the Bayou State firsthand, by touring its magnificent plantations, and swamps!

In the greater New Orleans area, there are many swamp and plantation tour options in communities such as Marrero, Westwego, Braithwaite, Lafitte, Des Allemands and Laplace.

Others plantation and swamp tours originate in South Louisiana cities such as Breaux Bridge, Henderson, Slidell, Houma and Thibodaux.

Read more about swamp tours in South Louisiana.