Tour Houmas Home and Gardens, one of many many sugar cane plantations that dot the Mississippi River in Louisiana. It’s like stepping again in time to antebellum occasions. Immediately we are going to go to the within of the home, which is crammed with interval antiques and memorabilia.
Sitting on a curve of the Mississippi River, the Houmas Home and Gardens dates again 240 years. This iconic sugar cane plantation has seen quite a lot of historical past through the years, so be a part of me on this tour of this gorgeous Classical Revival home that’s nonetheless there on the grounds. The plantation is left with 38 acres, down from the a whole bunch of acres that it began with. The Sugar Cane barons of the 18th century lived alongside the river and there have been a whole bunch of plantations. The Houmas Home is known as after the Houmas indians who had been natives of the realm again within the 1700’s, when this land was settled. You’ll be able to learn all concerning the historical past of Houmas House on the Historical past web page of their web site.
In the event you missed Half 1 of the Houmas Home & Gardens, be certain and click on over to tour the backyard tour of this magnificent plantation house.
In regards to the Houmas Home
As I discussed final week, the well-known film, Hush Hush Candy Charlotte, had many scenes filmed on the home. I had by no means seen the film, so we watched it that night time after we acquired again to my sister’s home. It was scary and all of us loved it and seeing the outside of the plantation within the film. We additionally watched No matter Occurred to Child Jane and Strait Jacket whereas we had been visiting and so they had been all good. I had by no means seen any of these. The knew learn how to use a scare think about these previous motion pictures! You’ll be able to see all of the movies & TV shows filmed here which is de facto fascinating.
About the home, from the web site, the unique French cottage was constructed within the 1700’s and in a while a brand new middle corridor cottage was in-built entrance of the 1700’s home, which was then the unique Donaldson Cottage was renovated and became the Classical Revival Mansion that stands right this moment. There’s quite a lot of historical past on these grounds. I additionally shared the slavery story on Half 1 of the house and backyard tour, so be certain and browse that and comply with the hyperlinks for the story on that topic.
From the web site: It was throughout the 1890’s that the Miles Household enlarged the mansion by connecting the 1829 mansion to the French Home, to the rear. The carriageway was created between the 2 buildings and two further bedrooms and a middle corridor had been added to the 2nd flooring of the mansion.
Houmas Home has an Inn on the grounds, in addition to 3 eating places you possibly can select from. I learn that occasions and weddings are held right here and I can see why. The great thing about the grounds is exceptional.
Present Have a look at Houmas Home
The home has been by way of many renovations over it’s 250 12 months historical past on this property and the within has been meticulously perfected with stunning antiques and artifacts of the age. The home positively seems the a part of a Southern plantation.
As I discussed in Half 1, the present proprietor is New Orleans businessman, Kevin Kelly, who bought and did an intensive renovation to the house and gardens in 2003, when it was then opened once more to the general public for excursions. The house proprietor nonetheless lives right here, however permits excursions of the house.
Stepping contained in the entry corridor, you get a superb take a look at the expansiveness of this stunning plantation house.
The partitions have a hand painted mural depicting sugar cane fields, applicable for this house of a Sugar Baron.
Have a look at this gorgeous ceiling mural.
This previous map was present in the home and framed for show.
Our tour information was very informative, sharing life on the plantation in the home, sharing tales of lots of the issues seen across the house. We actually loved this one hour tour of the home.
Discover the piano music sitting on the piano.
I don’t recall all of the issues we heard on the tour concerning the within the home, however you possibly can take pleasure in all the attractive pics and browse extra on the web site I’ve linked above. The images are very gratifying to take a look at.
A novel guide desk.
Bette Davis memorabilia is on this room, the place she is alleged to have stayed throughout the filming of Hush Hush Candy Charlotte.
Upstairs wrap round porch of the property house. You’ll be able to see the oak alley from right here.
The home homes quite a lot of previous and fascinating vintage items, like this previous horse tricycle.
An early child walker, so fairly.
And an vintage excessive chair.
Picture of the unique oak alley at Houmas Home. Again then it went virtually to the river and there was no levee after all.
Map of the plantation homes alongside the river.
Lovely previous shutters on the upstairs porch.
It was a ravishing day to tour.
What’s left of the oak alley, it’s nonetheless stunning.
This a part of the tour was the unique 1700’s French home that was later linked to the large home.
Eating places at Houmas Home
That is the Latil’s Touchdown Restaurant (dinner solely, wonderful eating), which is considered one of 3 restaurants on the grounds. This one is a very upscale wonderful eating expertise, which might be actually enjoyable. The opposite 2 eating places are the Dixie Cafe (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, buffet obtainable) and The Carriage Home Restaurant, open for Lunch and Dinner.. It’s an exquisite place for a day outing or in a single day expertise on the Inn.
You’ll be able to see the carriageway right here added on within the 1890’s to attach the unique French cottage to the principle home. It’s so picturesque and fairly. Simply take a look at these big inexperienced arched doorways. Horses and carriages had been introduced in right here to ship visitors.
This a part of the unique 1700’s house and simply off the carriageway, housed quite a lot of historic kitchen memorabilia.
The grounds have been up to date and actually make a stunning backdrop to this magnificent home.
The buildings all have features in working this big property as occasion and wedding ceremony venues, in addition to the eating places.
We had lunch on the Dixie Cafe and loved it. It’s within the constructing the place the museum is situated.
Turkey panini with candy potato fries.
There’s a multi-level pedestrian bridge (which I didn’t get a pic of) that brings you up and over the street in order that visitors can see the Mississippi River over the levee. That is trying again on the home by way of the bushes.
And on high of the levee trying on the grand previous Mississippi River.
What quite a lot of historical past housed on this stunning historic plantation house. We certain did take pleasure in our go to and I’d positively advocate it to anybody who enjoys historic houses, structure and gardens. This was a ravishing piece of historical past to absorb! I hope you loved happening the tour with us.
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