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“A real, working plantation”

Magnolia Mound Plantation
Ranked #11 of 79 things to do in Baton Rouge
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Owner description: Dating back to the late 18th century, this historic home is one of the oldest wooden buildings in Louisiana. It was spared from demolition in the 1960s and is now open for tours.
Reviewed February 4, 2012

If you're looking for Tara, this is not it. if you're interested in learning the history of a real working plantation, you can't do much better. Costumed interpreters take you through the house and its history, then leave you to roam the grounds at your leisure. Open hearth cooking demonstrations are held weekly.

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Reviewed November 10, 2011

Wonderful old southern mansion with a great place in Louisiana's history, very enlightening about southern life and customs of the time. Nice guided tour throughout the property.

2  Thank PATRAVELER032
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

We stopped by this plantation as it was convenient. The house is closed for renovations, however, the kitchen is a separate building. We were treated to an awesome description of the various unique tools.

During the fall they host a cooking demonstration there a couple of days a week. That would be a good time to visit.

I'm not sure what the normal price is for touring only the kitchen. Stop by and see what they are charging while the house is closed.

The Friends of Magnolia Mounds plan and host events here. This home is a history museum as opposed to a privately owned business. I think this is a "must see" while in Baton Rouge if you are interested in history.

3  Thank hikerpatty
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Reviewed April 26, 2010

I recently took my five kids (ages 7-17) to visit Magnolia Mound Plantation on a Thursday during free admission hours. The grounds were very easy to find, and there was sufficient parking.

Although Magnolia Mound Plantation is smaller and more modest as plantations go, it has an interesting past, beautiful bicentennial trees on site, and many original and representative edifices (including a detached, open-hearth kitchen; carriage house with a weaver's workshop; pigeonnier; slave quarters; and an overseer's house with attached "sick room") that perfectly illustrate what life must've been like for the occupants over the past 200 years.

Our family was offered a free guided tour of the grounds. Our docent was a pleasant, bright-eyed young woman who was truly knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about the landmark. She answered all of our questions and was very kind and engaging to the kids.

Highlights included an abundance of architectural and interior design "quirks" (which every plantation home has) that shed much light on the preferences of the residents and also the necessities and the trends of the time period. Our family's favorite feature, however, was the open-hearth kitchen and all its ingenious mechanical contraptions for cooking.

In all, our family's visit lasted an hour and a half (the guided part of the tour was 45 minutes), and we took our time strolling from one part of the grounds to another. Magnolia Mound Plantation makes a terrific addition to family daytrip itineraries or school field trip agendas.

7  Thank AilinaL
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Reviewed February 21, 2006

My husband and I toured the Magnolia Mound recently and enjoyed it. It is not as elegant as some of our other plantation homes in this area but it is worth a visit if you're coming to Baton Rouge. The Plantation has a French Creole House built in 1791 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can tour the historic house museum on the property, open hearth kitchen, overseer’s house, 1830’s slave cabin, pigeonnier and 1800’s carriage house.

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