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Magnolia Mound Plantation House, 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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  • Friendly and helpful staff at the reception. The place is beautiful! If you just want to see, walk the grounds and do a look in the window self tour. If you want to learn about the history and see the...  more »
  • Magnolia Mound Plantation is a wonderful example of French Creole architecture, the vernacular influences of early settlers from France and the West Indies who wrote the history of the Deep South. Loc...  more »
  • There is not much left of the plantation. It is mainly the house (which is rather small) and some more buildings, huts, and sheds. The tour takes over an hour and we didn't want to wait for the next t...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful old historic plantation home. Short distance from the Mississippi River. My first sightseeing tour of Baton Rouge. I was told that this was a must see. We got there in time for the last tour of the day. Tour guide was very knowledgeable of the early days of the plantation, and it's restoration. Home was decorated with Items. We also got to tour the outside kitchen, since it most days it was too hot to have the kitchen inside, Lot of neat stuff. Most of the outbuildings are not open for you to enter but have windows to look through. First time I've ever seen a three hole outhouse. Beautiful grounds with lots of oaks and magnolias. They did add air conditioning to the main house, so it's a great break from the heat and humidity.
  • Beautiful grounds. Unfortunately that's all we were able to see. We payed for the "self guided tour" on the recommendation of the staff. We have small children and they said they would get bored half way through the guided tour. That made perfect sense, however they didn't tell us that you can't go inside the buildings on the self guided tour. So we basically go a close up view of what we had already seen driving through to the parking area.