Southdown Plantation House near New Orleans, LA
Southdown Plantation House is a tribute to the booming sugar economy that helped Terrebonne Parish and the city of Houma flourish for nearly a century and a half. The house itself is a magnificent display of what life in the south must have been like in the early 1900s. The exterior features a welcoming pink and green color scheme with deep-set porches that adorn each side of the house. Inside, locally harvested red cypress and pine make up the beautiful hardwood floors beneath massive 12 and 14-foot ceilings.
On top of being one of the most magnificent plantation houses in the area, Southdown also allows visitors to learn more about the history that surrounds the plantation; from its time in the sugar cane industry all the way through the Civil War. Not only can you see the original 19th-century furnishings owned by the Minor family when they inhabited the house, but you can also visit the Memories of Terrebonne exhibit which offers an oral history of the area as well as photographs and an impressive artifact collection, all from 1890-1945. Adjacent to the Southdown Plantation House is the Slave quarters which have been converted into a working office and gift shop for visitors. Check out other attractions in the area!
Southdown Plantation was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974; one year later Valhi, Inc. would donate 4.46 acres of the 1020 acre plantation as well as the Southdown Plantation House and servants quarters to the Terrebonne Historical and Cultural Society.
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