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Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, this beautiful Greek
Revival mansion sits on the east bank of the Mississippi River
along the River Road Plantations route. The lovely old
plantation home holds memories of the past and is filled with
antique furnishings, paintings and decorative items.
Today, the mansion is being used as a Bed & Breakfast.
Plantation tours are offered and the facilities may be rented
for weddings and special events. Located at 39050 Highway
942 in Darrow, LA.
Historical Donaldsonville Museum
(Museum is reportedly closed)
Devoted to the
preservation of the heritage of Donaldsonville, LA, the museum
is located in the old B. Lemann & Brothers Building, the
oldest department store in Louisiana.
River Road African American Museum
Dedicated to the
preservation and display of the history and culture of African
Americans in the rural areas along the Mississippi River from
Baton Rouge to New Orleans. The center also provides an
international resource for genealogy research. Located
at 406 Charles Street, Donaldson, LA.
Exhibits include many
antique and vintage aircraft.
Located on Barksdale AFB in Louisiana.
Antique & Classic Vehicle Museum
Located in an old
assembly plant for 1920s Graham Trucks and Dodge Cars, the
museum displays a variety of antique and classic vehicles.
601 Spring Street, Shreveport, LA.
Ark-La-Tex Mardi Gras Museum
Displays a decade
of Mardi Gras in NW Louisiana. Located at 2101 E. Texas
Street in Bossier City, LA.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums
largest private holding of original manuscripts and documents.
Holdings include the original draft of the
U. S. Bill of Rights, the
Confederate Constitution and many more. Many of the
documents may be viewed online. Shreveport location is
3201 Centenary Blvd.
Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
presents exhibits of historical nature related to the NW
region of Louisiana and serves 10 parishes. Features
include 22 dioramas of Louisiana history along with one of the
best collections of Native American artifacts in the
Southeast. Located at 3015 Greenwood Road in Shreveport,
Pioneer Heritage Center
plantation structures, the exhibits and structures are open to
the public while serving as a laboratory for students and
teachers. The structures include the Thrasher House (log
house), the Caspiana House, a detached kitchen, a log
blacksmith shop, a doctor's office and a commissary.
Located at One University Place in Shreveport, LA.
Spring Street Historical Museum
Step back in time
and discover what life was like in the early days of
Shreveport. Housed in Shreveport's oldest remaining
building, the historic 1865 Tally Bank, the museum collections
include Indian artifacts, historic documents, maps, military
uniforms household furnishings and other memorabilia from NW
Louisiana's past. Address is 525 Spring Street in Shreveport,
Stephens African American Museum [History]
A living museum
dedicated to the preservation of African American history,
artifacts and documents. 2810 Lindholm, Shreveport, LA.
Caddo-Pine Island Oil Historical Museum [History & Photos]
Learn about the
history of the Northwest Louisiana oil fields, Caddo Lake and
the early people who inhabited the region. Located in
Oil City, LA on State Highway 1.
Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum [Video Tour]
Mooringsport Mini Museum
Explore the past
history of Mooringsport. Includes a room of Caddo Indian
artifacts. At the corner of Gremen and Croom in
Multicultural Center of the South
and exhibits of the ethnic and cultural groups which make up
the population of Shreveport / Bossier City. Address is
401 Texas Street in Downtown Shreveport, LA.
Red River Crossroads Museum
Red River Crossroads Historical Association
memorabilia and pictures of the rural communities surrounding
Gilliam. Located in the Shreveport Memorial Library at
Hwy 3049, Gilliam, LA.
Vivian Depot Museum
history and culture of Vivian, Louisiana.
Located at 100 N Front St, Vivian , LA 71082
Phone: (318) 375-3633
Herbert S. Ford Memorial Museum
of the Museum]
exhibits related to the early life in Claiborne Parish,
Louisiana. Located at 519 S. Main Street, on the town
square in Homer, LA.
Frogmore Cotton Plantation and Gins
Visit a working cotton plantation of the early
1800s with a rare steam cotton gin and learn about the history
of early Natchez planters and slaves. Then visit the
newest computerized cotton gin which can produce 900 bales of
cotton per day from an 1800 acre modern cotton plantation.
A then and now perspective on cotton plantations.
Located at 11054 Hwy. 84 in Frogmore, LA.
De Soto Parish
Mansfield State Historic Site
The site commemorates
the Civil War battles at Mansfield and Pleasant Hill.
During special events, re-enactments provide living history
experiences for visitors. Located at 15149 Highway 175 in
East Baton Rouge Parish
Old Louisiana State Capitol
Mansion - A Doll Museum
Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum
demonstrations interpret the early activities on Louisiana
plantations and farms in the 1800s. Located on the
Burden Research Plantation, owned by LSU.
original house was built ca 1791 but was expanded into a
beautiful French style plantation house between 1805 and
1805. The home features a great collection of
furnishings, arts, antiques and other historical artifacts.
Other buildings on the property include the open hearth
kitchen, overseer's house, the slave cabin, a carriage
house, and a pigeonnier. Tours are offered.
Located at 2161 Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge, LA.
Old Arsenal Powder Magazine Museum [Video Tour]
Built in 1930, the
Governor's Mansion is a
White House copy. The first resident governor was Huey P.
Long. Address is 502 North Blvd in Baton Rouge, LA.
Old State Capitol
Built in 1847
and resembling an old castle, the historic building has been
restored and is used as the Center for Political and
Governmental History. Tours are offered.
Location is 100 North Blvd. at River Road in Baton Rouge,
Devoted to the
history of Zachary and the surrounding area, the village
includes three historic homes:
Miss Sis' Magic House,
McHugh House and the
Farm House. A Native American Settlement has
recently been added to the collection. Visit at 4524
Virginia Street in Zachary, LA.
East Carroll Parish
Louisiana Cotton Museum
Featuring a 7
acre museum complex which includes a 100 year old planter's
house, a cotton gin building, a plantation church,
sharecropper's cabin, commissary and exhibit hall the museum
is focused on the history of cotton cultivation and it's
affect on early life in Louisiana. Located at 7162
Highway 65 North in Lake Providence, LA.
East Feliciana Parish
Republic of West Florida Historic Association Museum
Dedicated to the
history of the Florida Parishes of Southern Louisiana, the
museum holds Civil War and military artifacts along with
transportation antiques, antebellum furnishings, and other
historical items. Located on College Street in the
historic district of Jackson, LA.
Shadows On The Teche Plantation House and Museum
of the Plantation]
Kenner Heritage Park
Take a step
back in time when you stroll through this lovely replica of
a river village. Buildings include a packing shed, ice
house, blacksmith shop, St. Mary's Church and a 1930s gas
station. Located at 303 Williams Blvd. in Rivertown,
16 blocks of historic buildings on the shore of the Mississippi
River just a few minutes from downtown New Orleans in Kenner.
Visitors will find several museums, a repertory Theatre,
LaSalle's Landing, and Kenner Heritage Park along with many
shops and restaurants. Museums include the Mardi Gras
Museum, Louisiana Toy Train Museum, and the Cannes Brulee Native
American Village and Museum where you can learn about the Native
American heritage of the area. Visit the Rivertown Welcome
Center at 405 Williams Blvd. in Kenner, LA.
Acadian Village / Village Acadien
A replica of a a latter 19th Century Acadian
Village. The village features both historic homes and
replicated buildings depicting Acadian culture and heritage.
The oldest structure in the park is the Bernard House built ca
1800. Others include the Thibodeaux House build of
cypress wood ca 1820, the LeBlanc House built between 1821 and
1865, the St. John House ca 1840, the Billeaud House, and the
Castille House. Weddings are held at the lovely New Hope
Chapel. Location is 200 Greenleaf Drive in Lafayette,
Louisiana Military Museum
years of military history and honoring our heroes.
Located at 201 Memorial Drive in Ruston, LA,
Explore the rich history of Walker, Louisiana.
Located in a historic home in the heart of town, the museum
houses a vast collection of artifacts, including items from the
old general merchandise store, the original saw blades from the
saw mill and the original post office window and postal boxes.
It also is home to a community art gallery displaying the works
of local artists. For more information, call 225-665-4356.
Located at 29350 Walker South Road in Walker, LA.
Cane River Creole National Historic Park
in the 1830s, the plantation house was burned in 1864 and was
rebuilt in the 1890s. Magnolia Plantation is part of Cane
River Creole National Historical Park. The home is
privately owned and open for tours daily. Located at 5487
Hwy. 119 in Derry, LA.
Old State Courthouse Museum [History]
St. Augustine Catholic Church
Erected in 1857 by James Gallier Jr., esteemed
New Orleans architect, the Gallier House is one of the finest
examples of accurate historical restoration. As you step
inside this lovely old home, you will step back into the 19th
century and enjoy Victorian furnishings, gardens, and restored
slave quarters. Located at 1132 Royal Street in New
Federal-style mansion which has been restored and depicts the
lifestyle of a wealthy Creole family in New Orleans between 1930
and 1860. Located at 820 Saint Louis Street in New
Louisiana State Museum [Historical Center]
Isaiah Garrett Law Office
This small 1840 building (locally known as The
Little Red Brick House) made of handmade bricks has survived
intact and has been preserved by the National Society of The
Colonial Dames of America in the State of Louisiana. It is
located at 520 South Grand Street in Monroe, LA and available by
appointment. Call (318) 387-5691 for more information.
Point Coupee Parish
Pointe Coupee Parish Museum
Dating from the
early 19th century, the historic structure is a Creole type
house. The museum is open daily and is located at 8348
False River Road in New Roads, LA.
the House] [Tour
Devoted to the history and culture of central
Louisiana between 1795 and 1855, visitors can tour the
authentic Creole plantation house and other buildings on the property, learn
about herbs and early gardens, visit the blacksmith shop,
and in the fall, one can visit the Sugar House to make
Louisiana Cane syrup. the way it was made in 1840!
Available for weddings, events and group tours.
Located at 3601 Bayou Rapides Road in Alexandria, LA.
Louisiana History Museum
Houses one of the
largest genealogical libraries in the state of Louisiana.
They offer museum exhibits from prehistoric times to present
and admission is free.
St. James Parish
Oak Alley Plantation
Completed in 1841,
the historic antebellum home of Jacques and Celina Telesphore
Roman, was a magnificent example of the finest plantation
homes found on the Mississippi. It has been restored and
today can be toured. Plantation cottages on the grounds
serve as a bed and breakfast.
St. John the Baptist Parish
San Francisco Plantation [History] [Tours]
Creole open suite style plantation house boasts a fine
collection of antiques. Built in 1856 by Edmond Bozonier
Marmillon, the home features hand painted ceilings and has been
remarkably restored. Today, tours are offered and rentals
are available for weddings and special events. Located at
2646 Highway 44 (River Road) in Garyville, Louisiana.
St. Martin Parish
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site
Found on the historical site along with the 1815
DuClozel Olivier plantation house is an Acadian cabin and an
Acadian farmstead. All of these buildings allow the
visitor a glimpse of the Acadian lifestyle and heritage.
Located at 1200 N. Main Street in St. Martinville, LA.
Museum of the Acadian Memorial
Learn about the Acadians who settled in
Louisiana, their heritage and legacy. Located next to the
Memorial building in the
St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center. View over
3000 names of Acadian refugees from early Louisiana records
engraved on Bronze plaques and framed in granite, then hear
their stories as portrayed by costumed actors.
African American Museum
Also located in the
St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center, the museum portrays
the story of the arrival of Africans in SW Louisiana during the
1700s, their enslavement and the celebration of their freedom.
St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Built in 1836, this
beauty is considered the "mother church" of the Acadians.
It is the 4th oldest church in Louisiana and includes the statue
of Evangeline who keeps watch over the cemetery. Address
is 201 Evangeline Blvd in St. Martinville, LA.
West Baton Rouge Parish
West Baton Rouge Museum
Housed inside the former
courthouse, the museum features historical artifacts and
exhibits related to the history of West Baton Rouge Parish.
Special collections include the pre-Civil War Allendale
Plantation cabin, an education room and over 1300 historical
photographs. Located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in
Port Allen, LA.
|West Feliciana Parish
Audubon State Historic Site
Location of the 1806
Oakley Plantation House, where John James Audubon stayed
while painting 32 of his bird pictures. The home has the
typical plantation style of detached kitchen and two slave
cabins occupy the grounds. 11788 Hwy. 965 in St.
Locust Grove State Historic Site
Once the site of
Locust Grove Plantation, all that remains here is the small
family cemetery (27 grave plots), where family members of
Jefferson Davis are interred. Bains-Ristroph Rd. in St.
Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum (Angola)
Once known as "the
bloodiest prison in America", the Louisiana State Penitentiary
is still operating today. Inmates work 18,000 acres of
rich farm land. The museum displays prison artifacts,
including the original electric chair and offers records of the
first prison inmates.
Established in the 1830s by Daniel and Martha
Turnbull, it was passed down through their descendants until the
1950s and represents the most intact, documented example of an
antebellum plantation in the South. On the 1860 census,
there were 145 slaves living on the plantation grounds.
Noted for its large and beautiful gardens, it is located at
12501 LA Hwy. 10 in St. Francisville.
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