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San Francisco Plantation

2646 Hwy. 44 (River Road), Garyville, LA 70051-0950
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Valencia, CA
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Our schedule that day allowed for two Plantation visits before our scheduled Swamp tour. I initially selected Laura and Houmas House. After visiting Laura, we headed for Houmas House, but found that they were doing construction on the bridge across the river and we didfn't know how long the wait would be. Oak Alley, which we passed en route to... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I've heard that San Francisco may be closing for a while for some necessary structural repairs. They were working in the attic when we toured last Thursday. So I would highly recommend that if you're in the area you visit soon. The interior of this house is more beautiful than any on the River Road. On top of that it... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

As mentioned by others, the plantation house and small surrounding grounds sit amidst working petroleum and chemical plants. But you take your history where you find it and the companies owning those plants paid for a major restoration of the plantation house in the mid-1970s and they keep it maintained to this day. My thanks to them. The grounds are... More

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Cape Coral, Florida, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Off the beaten path, San Francisco Plantation is still worth a visit and then some. It was a sweet end to our Antebellum tour and totally charmed us.

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152 reviews 152 reviews
73 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Since our flight out of NOLA was late evening, we decided to rent a car and drive the Old River Road and check out all the plantation homes. San Francisco Plantation was our third stop, rounding a curve and POW...there it was! Completely surrounded by Marathon Oil storage tanks, pipelines and stacks gulching black smoke, the plantation is a mirage... More

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Lima, Ohio
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

OVERVIEW: San Francisco Plantation (built c. 1850s), a moderately sized antebellum home located in Garyville, Louisiana, is a unique plantation. Located essentially in the middle of an oil/industrial facility, the house is famous for its frescoes. On the tour of the house, one can notice unique relics of the past (for example, a metal shower supplied with water from a... More

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Bedford, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
35 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Recently 2 friends and I drove to Baton Rogue and toured several plantation homes in the area. We started with San Francisco. The plantation was not named for the city of San Francisco but rather was called Sans Fruscins by the French owners which means without a penny in my pocket. The plantation grew and processed sugar cane. The home... More

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Ft Walton Beach, FL
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35 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This was our final plantation visit as part of a road trip over the Labor Day weekend. Descriptions of the property are slightly embellished, it was not quite what we expected, and was somewhat of a letdown after visiting Laura, Oak Alley, and Houmas House plantations. Having said that, however, it is a beautifully restored mansion (thanks to Marathon Oil... More

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Woodworth, Louisiana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Just got back. Beautiful plantation home that has been meticulously restored to the time period. The photographs and stories of the family who lived there first are poignant, and the images evoked by the slave cabin are heart-wrenching. Mrs Janice B is passionate about history in general and this house in particular. What a privilege to be able to learn... More

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Azle, Texas, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

The restoration of San Francisco Plantation House is one of the few rescues in which I can smile and say "Good job" to an oil company. It is a gorgeous little (compared to some of the others we saw on our trip) place that is unfortunately surrounded by noisy, ugly oil refineries. Thank goodness Mr. Ingram at Energy Corporation of... More

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