Louisiana Historic Homes


Many of the state's amazing historic homes 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 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.

Historic Louisiana Homes Near Baton Rouge & New Orleans

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

 

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

 

San Francisco

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

San Francisco website

San Francisco home on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana

Houmas House and Gardens

40136 Highway 942
River Road
Darrow, Louisiana 70725

Houmas House website

Houmas House along the Mississippi River in Louisiana

Nottaway

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

Nottoway website

Nottoway in White Castle, Louisiana

Magnolia Mound

2161 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Magnolia Mound website

Magnolia Mound, Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Bocage

39050 Highway 942
Darrow, LA 70725
Phone: 225.588.8000

Bocage website

Bocage in Darrow, Louisiana

Destrehan

13034 River Road
Destrehan, LA 70047
Phone 985.764.9315

Destrehan website

Destrehan in Louisiana


 

St. Francisville Area Historic Homes

The St. Francisville area is rich in history, having been settled in 1809 on the bluffs above the banks of the Mississippi River. This small town is situated just north of Baton Rouge on U.S. Highway 61, the Great River Road. It features many antique stores, restaurants and B&Bs, in addition to the many homes available for tours.

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

Rosedown

12501 Highway 10
St. Francisville, LA 70775
Phone 225.635.3332

Rosedown website

Photo of Rosedown in St. Francisville, Louisiana

Oakley

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 website

Oakley in Saint Francisville, Louisiana

The Myrtles

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

Myrtles website

The Myrtles in Saint Francisville, Louisiana

The Cottage

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

Cottage website

The Cottage in St Francisville, Louisiana

Afton Villa

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 website

Afton Villa in St. Francisville, Louisiana

 

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

 

Historic Homes in the New Iberia Area

New Iberia is the location of the beautiful Shadows on the Teche.

A simple porticoed facade of eight columns marks the exterior of the facade, and help to support a second floor verandah.

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 in New Iberia, Louisiana, with azaleas in bloom in the spring
Shadows on the Teche 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

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 website

Oaklawn Manor

 

 

Historic Homes and Sites in Central and North Louisiana

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

Beau Fort near Natchitoches, Louisiana
Beau Fort

The Narcisse Prud’homme 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 homes 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 homes.

Kent House

3601 Bayou Rapides Road
Alexandria, LA
Phone 318.487.5998

Kent House website

Kent House in Alexandria, Louisiana

Melrose

3533 Highway 119
Melrose, LA 71452
Phone 318.379.0055

Melrose website

Melrose in Louisiana

Lost in Time

The ravages of time, disrepair and fire have ended many historic homes in Louisiana.

We had the privilege of dining there in its time as a fine restaurant, circa 1972.

Seen here is a vintage matchbook cover of Elmwood, located in Jefferson Parish at 5400 River Road. Originally built in 1822, it burned in 1978.

Elmwood on the river near New Orleans in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

 

Have plans to tour Louisiana homes and swamps?

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

The lush growth in a Louisiana swamp is indescribable. You have to see it to believe it.

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

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

The most impressive objects in the swamp are the cypress trees which are very graceful in their structure, with their reddish bark, exquisitely bent branches, and delicately fine leaves.

Besides the trees and abundant fauna, there are a variety of alligators, turtles, snakes, birds and other wildlife.

Read more about swamp tours in South Louisiana.

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