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Southdown Plantation/The Terrebonne Museum, Houma

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Southdown Plantation is a historic Southern plantation in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.Founding and early historySouthdown Plantation was founded in 1828 by Stephen Minor, former secretary to the Spanish Governor of Louisiana, Manuel Gayoso de Lemos. The land had first been a Spanish land grant and was later owned by brothers Jim and Rezin Bowie, who began planting and harvesting indigo there. Minor purchased the land, approximately 1,020 acres, together with James Dinsmore. In 1831, sugarcane became the principle crop, and the first sugar mill was built in 1846. By 1852, Southdown was home to 233 slaves, most of whom lived in family units on the property.The first plantation house was built by Minor's son, William J. Minor, in 1858, and was named for a breed of sheep that the family raised. The house was built of hand-fired brick and wood from cypress and pine trees that grow in the area.The original one-story brick home was expanded in 1893, when a second story and Virginia style colonnaded walkways were added. In the same year, Favrile glass panels depicting the plantation, palmetto leaves, magnolia branches, and sugar cane stalks were installed in the house. The plantation consisted of over 10,000 acres of sugar cane fields, a sugar mill, and a race track. Southdown Plantation was instrumental in launching and sustaining the sugar industry in the area, ensuring the survival of the crop by developing a variety of sugar cane that was resistant to mosaic disease.
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  • great tour, mostly due to Ed. our guide. A local gent with deep knowledge and love of the area and the house. A major part of the history of the area is centered in this former sugar plantation.  more »
  • This plantation house is a Queen Anne style house built by slave labor in 1858 and in later years a second story was added. The home has a lot of original furnishings. There is a huge collection of ce...  more »
  • We stopped by Southdown for a quick visit and walked around the grounds. We were able to show the kids many items from the old south such as sugar bowls where they boiled down sugar kane.  more »
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  • Dun short tour of the main house and museum. Very knowledgeable staff.
  • I've never been into the plantation facility, but I've been to many events on the grounds here. Southdown Market Place. Office Events. Bayou Beer Fest. Multiple weddings. This is a very nice facility to hold these events. The outdoor pavilion is really nice and can hold a lot of folks.
  • A classic plantation house turned museum. Tours are run by volunteers.
  • We were married on the grounds here. I've never toured the house, but the grounds are very nice. (Some photos were taken by Denise Chauvin and Lauri Ann Bergeron)
  • Dear readers, this old plantation is a one of a kind! My father and I spend several hours enjoying the tour given by Ed our guide. A little about Ed, he lived in the house as a young man in his youth before the place became a museum and is a wealth of knowledge of it's past. Ed is a youthful 86 and has stories of the house, different items in the house and of the people of the area. Each room is dedicated to something different in the past. The musical machine at the base of the stairs, the gorgeous tiffany stained glass, the beautiful artistic ceramics, the Spanish bedroom, the Senator's office, are but a few of the items to see, don't miss the Beautiful Houma Indian exhibit. Give yourself time, and Ed will really make it worth your time with his stories, and you can congratulate him, he is a great grandpa again. Thanks Ed for a great tour that certainly made my day!