Magnolia Mound Plantation, Baton Rouge

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The Magnolia Mound Plantation House is a French Creole house constructed in 1791 near the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Many period documents refer to the plantation as Mount Magnolia. The house and several original outbuildings on the grounds of Magnolia Mound Plantation are examples of the vernacular architectural influences of early settlers from France and the West Indies. The complex is owned by the city of Baton Rouge and maintained by its Recreation Commission (BREC). It is located approximately one mile south of downtown. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.Early historyThe plantation house, first a cottage, is one of the earliest buildings in the present-day city of Baton Rouge.The land was owned originally by James Hillin, an early Scots settler who arrived in 1786, who lived there with wife Jane Stanley Hillin, five children, and six enslaved Africans: Thomas, John, Lucia, Catherine, Jenny, and Anna. On December 23, 1791, John Joyce, from County Cork, Ireland, purchased the 950acre property. He, his wife Constance Rochon and their children lived in Mobile, Alabama. By the time of his drowning, on May 9, 1798, during a sailing trip from New Orleans to Mobile, Joyce held about 50 slaves at the plantation, who cultivated indigo, tobacco, cotton, and sugarcane under the supervision of an overseer.
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  • Tours are on the hour. Several discounts are available. The tour includes the main house (about 5-6 rooms) and the rebuilt kitchen outbuilding. You can also look in the windows of the slave building a...  more »
  • This is low key, in a good way. We were able to stroll round the grounds, looking through the windows into the houses. 20 minutes was plenty of time to do this. Staff were friendly.  more »
  • We wanted to visit a former plantation and we really enjoyed this visit. The guide was awesome, explanations very clear, questions answered and we really learned a lot of things during these 3 hours s...  more »
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  • Location: Easy to find with Google Maps, short drive from the hotels in the downtown area. Also close to LSU campus. You'll access the gravel driveway off Nicholson Dr. and pass through a large iron gate. Follow the signs. The gravel driveway will curve around a small education building and go towards the back of the plantation. Look for a sign that says "Tours Start Here," parking will be nearby. Go in to the visitor center to get started. I'm not sure of the tour scheduling, but I just popped in about a quarter to three and my tour started at three. Cost: I believe it was $3 for a self-guided tour of the grounds and $10 for the guided tour. With self-guided you may walk everywhere and step up to windows to peek in, but you may not go inside the main house. With guided, you do all of the above, and you will be given a lovely, historically informative tour inside of the main house. My guide was funny and she knew her stuff! In my opinion the guided is worth the extra cost if you love historic home interiors and want to know the details of the history. Time Commitment: I would say half an hour for self guided, if you don't meander too much, and an hour plus if you do the guided tour and take your time. The average time spent that Google suggests (25 minutes) seems on the short side. Experience: Enjoyable! The grounds are typical of other plantation homes, with slave quarters, etc. Still, they are pretty to walk through. The 200 year old live oaks in front of the main house are gorgeous. I do wish there were some flowers around the grounds here and there, but that's just personal taste. The real gem is the Historic House. It has been lovingly restored where nessesary and is one of the prettiest of the smaller plantation homes I've seen. The interior is well air conditioned, and all of the large windows make the tour a lovely bright experience. Because of its smaller size I feel this would be nice for a family with younger, well-behaved children. Plenty to see and the guide is not rude to kids (something I've seen on other plantation tours directed at children who were not ill-behaved), but the house is not so big and ornate that it will cause burn out or boredom. The guide does not rush you and you may interact with her and ask questions. With that said, the tour does not drag on, another reason it would be nice for well-behaved children. It will keep them interested without the rest of the family feeling rushed. Really this was a lovely experience and I would recommend it. The gift shop has some unique items and great retro-look postcards.
  • It's a bit pricey if you take the tour...I think it's around $10 per person. However, it's only $3 without a tour. And, the fees directly support the facility. My tour guide was very knowledgeable, I learned a lot of new things. This is a unique museum of an antebellum Creole sugar plantation. The collection of kitchen implements from that time is a curious display. The gift shop offers similarly unique books and souvenirs.
  • The guides are very well versed on the history of the place. The tour and the time spent here are well worth it. The house is stunning, and has so many artifacts. Visit the amazing oak trees in the front of the house. Wonderful piece of BATON Rouge history.
  • Very well frozen piece of history. Loved the kitchen museum and the adjacent garden.
  • Much more scenic and interesting than I was expecting. Great place to bring the kids to run around some beautiful land and learn a little about history. They have a cute little garden area too.

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