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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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  • Magnolia Plantation is the nearest to the town of Baton Rouge. Here has remained a charming small French-style mansion.
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  • I've visited several plantations. I cant really say one is better than the other. This one is typical and very close to the LSU main campus. 
  • This plantation is not the big columned-mansion, with a lane of big oaks, that is stereotypical. It is an example of a Cajun plantation, which grew indigo and cotton. We enjoyed the house tour, but th...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great tour! Very friendly staff! The tour guide gave lots of information about the house! We had a great tour!
  • 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.
  • Fun place with good history.
  • Great place to have gatherings. Large or small.