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Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
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Houmas House Plantation Tour
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Darrow
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is an Historic Plantation that tells the story of the very wealthy Sugar Barons of the 19th Century. Also known as the Sugar Palace, because of the wealth created at this largest Sugar Plantation in America. A collection of museum quality Art, furniture, and decorative arts on display in its natural setting. Our Gardens are known as the best in the South. 36 Acres of Beautiful Gardens with statuary, ponds, fountains, bronzes and other things to please the eye. Plan on spending 3 hours to fully visit this site. We also have restaurants that offer breakfast, lunch, Dinner and Fine Dining. Our Inn has 21 rooms for overnight stays. Experience all that Houmas House has to offer.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Let me first say that we were headed to Oak Alley and took a wrong turn and ended near Houmas House Planation. We only had a small amount of time for a tour and decided to take a chance on Houmas. We were not disappointed. The Planation was beautiful and the grounds are amazing. Great history. The home still had some of the orginal furniture although much of the furniture was only pieces from that era. Betty Davis filmed "hush hush sweet Charolette" at Houmas and the novel "North and South" was inspired from the home. We ate at one of the restaurant and had a perfect meal to end our day. Thank you Mr. Kelly for allowing tours in this amazing home.

Thank nosamoo7
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I visit this house based on reviews thinking it was the most thorough with history. The young tour guide would show us instruments and say "you" would use to iron, roll your bed ect when we knew slaves were doing this. Not once during the tour were slaves mentioned. After one of the visitors asked how many slaves it had we all gasped at the number. They had the most slaves but there are no slave quarters, no names, no pictures. Just erased from the wealthiest plantation that they built. I would only go again to visit the 600 yr old trees maybe they would be more honest!

28  Thank southernbelle84
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Burnside_9, Owner at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

I am so sorry that you were disappointed in not seing the slave cabins that were once a part of this plantaton. They were relocated in 1858, over 150 years ago, and each was given with a parcel of land to the former slave families, when they were freed by John Burnside, prior to the Civil War. Its true that the slaves built the Mansion in 1810 through 1812, but only the Mansion and two garconierres remain to this day. Our tour concentrates on the lifestyles of the Great Sugar Barons of this plantation. Our brochures, marketing efforts, and website all clearly say this. Please judge us on what we say we offer, and not what one thinks we should portray. There are other local sites that detail the lives of the slave families, and there are others who actually have slave cabins. I suggest Evergreen Plantation, which has a magnificent collection of slave cabins, that show the village that was once at Evergreen. Visit Laura Plantation which has several slave cabins that remain and they have a wonderful story about slavery. Oak Alley has recently built new Slave Cabins, to show how the slave families lived. Visit Rural Life Museum for the most accurate display of how an entire slave village existed in the early 1800's. Visit the African American Museum in New Orleans and Donaldsonville for an accurate history of slavery. Visit Destrehan Plantation for its pertrayal of Slavery and the detailed story that they offer.

The story of Slavery is a very important sugject, but we do not feel that it is the primary story at Houmas House. WIthout the cabins, or village, what do we portray as it pertains to slavery. There are many other sites, as I have detailed that can give the story, better than us, because they have the architectural artifacts.

Houmas House gives the story of the wealthy Sugar Baron, and only Houmas House gives that story. We do not feel we need to be redundant and tell a story that others offer, and do it very well. Please remember, we do not say that we tell the story of slavery.

I personally think that each site should tell a different story. A story that most relates to its history. Seeing and learning the same thing from each plantatron would not very be entertaining, nor educational.

I am very sorry you are disappointed, but if you noticed our gift shop, we have an extensive collection of books on the Civil War and Slavery. We have the largest collection of books on slavery that you will find anyplace. We have over 70 different books on Slavery, and nearly 100 different books on the Civil War. We feel this is the best way to tell the story.

Your opinion is valuable to us, and if we could find a way to tell our guests everything there is about plantation life, we would. Our tour is the longest of any of the plantations at 60 minutes, and we only have this brief time period to tell our story.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

In planning our two-week trip to the Deep South, which included three days along the River Road or Plantation Road between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, we opted to stop at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens on our last day, after we left Madewood Plantation and began our return trip to Jackson, Mississippi, then on to Chicago. Houmas House is so convenient, just across the Sunshine Bridge on highway 942 on the east side of the Mississippi River. From Houmas House, it is only a four-mile drive on highway 44 to Interstate 10. We arrived early but the manager of the gift shop, Claudia Courtney, was very helpful and informative and courteous. She showed a 13-minute introductory movie. Then Cathy, our tour guide, took us around the mansion. It is a beautiful antebellum mansion, described as "the Sugar Palace," that dates to the 1770s. It features gardens that are alive with lush tropical plants, ponds and fountains. The 32-acre estate also includes statuary at every turn as you stroll through the property. At one time, Houmas House was part of five plantations owned by sugar cane magnate John Burnside that totaled one million acres. That's right, one million. The 23-room mansion contains a vast collection of antique furnishings by Mallard, Belter, McCraken, Lee and others and an art collection including paintings from European and American artists featuring Woodward, Walker, Stevens, Boisseau, Rucker, Trudeau, Coulon, Blanchard and others. There also is a gold French clock once owned by Mariet Antoinette, Andrew Jackson's traveling liquor box and the original French Limoges China made for Houmas House in the 1830s. There also are two restaurants and plans to expand the gardens and add more bed & breakfast rooms. Look out Oak Alley, Houmas House is looking to beat your thunder.

1  Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

I love taking pictures and I especially love taking pictures of flowers sculptures etc. This is huge. Almost botanical gardens. The house is very nice. One of the few homes that allow indoor photography. Lots of ponds. Water. Flowers. Plenty of benches or seating along the paths. Theee is a restaurant. Very highly rated. Didnt go there though. Nice gift shop. Worth the trip!

Thank joyannmadd
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

My expectations were WAY off on this, my second sugar cane plantation house tour. I wanted to learn history-- the economics of this agriculture business, the history of slavery here, the relationships of the house owners and society folks in New Orleans. Nope! Sadly, this is just like any Junior League house decorating tour. The grounds are gorgeous and the 500 year old live oaks are magnificent. A very pleasant tour, but sadly, no history. The gift shop is enormous. If you like shopping and knick knacks, you will love it. The whole enterprise is an enormous marketing opportunity for the owners. Lucky them.

8  Thank Kitchc
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