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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  • 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 »
  • The home is well presented and preserved. Not much is known of the owners. Very little mention of the scourge of slavery; I believe the tour guide mentioned that the slaves were "treated well". (?) Ot...  more »
  • It is a type of small plantation that is very interesting to visit already to a different vision to others that there are in the State. The guide is in English, and is very well structured and explained.
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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.
  • Very well frozen piece of history. Loved the kitchen museum and the adjacent garden.
  • 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.

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