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“Disappointing compared to other plantations”

Evergreen Plantation
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Edgard
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed May 7, 2013

CASH ONLY. The docent apologized for slavery several times. We are from the North (the war is still being fought here in Edgard) and our relatives had no connections to slavery ever but the docent seemed to want us to join her in apologizing to the black couple on the tour. A little bit awkward. The house itself is pretty although the furnishings are eccentric and not period correct. Cats are everywhere (including the house) so beware if you have an allergy. The gift shop could have been so much better. Mostly books (one copy of each available) and not specific about the plantation. If you have limited time, skip this plantation. The others are much more informative.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

My boyfriend and I visited Evergreen Plantation because of the movie Django Unchained. We drove past the house before arriving to that gate where you pull in for tours and were very surprised at how close to the road it was. Before our tour started we looked around a little museum/gift shop. I overheard the workers (one woman sold tickets, another was our tour guide, and there was one other woman) comment about being surprised at how many people showed up for the tour.

While the tour was informative there was no acknowledgement of the movie being filmed there and even at the end when visitors asked questions about the movie, the guide appeared put out to answer them even though of the 12 other people on the tour at least 8 were there purely because of the film. I fully understand the historical significance of the property and don’t want to diminish this in anyway but embracing the “new visitors” would surely be better business.

The inside of the house was very disappointing. It is way smaller than it appears on the outside. The tour guide kept stating that it was not a museum but a private residence. No pictures were allowed inside the house; but not like you’d want pictures of anything in there since the furniture, pictures hanging on the walls, and knickknacks were personal antiques and didn’t match the era. Most rooms were roped off.

After seeing the inside of the house, we walked down the row of trees to the slave quarters which while interesting we would have liked to see more than the first one. It would have been nice to be able to walk down through all the slave cabins and beyond to where the replica house in the film was blown up.

In the end, I do not think the tour was worth $20 per person. If you’re a Django Unchained fan you are better off driving there and stopping at the side of the road to take a few pictures of the house. If you do decide to take the tour; be aware that they do not take credit cards, only cash or check. I also advise calling ahead of the time you want to visit even though if you are only two people you don’t need reservations. I called on a Friday morning (around 10) about the 2pm tour and was told it was all booked.

1  Thank monkeysaurusrex
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Built in the 1790s, the 2000+ acre estate is still a working sugarcane plantation. By the 1940's, the main house had fallen into disrepair when the plantation was purchased by Miss Matilda Geddings Gray, a Louisiana oil heiress, who restored the home to its former glory. Miss Gray used the home as her weekend retreat until her death in 1971. The estate was inherited by her niece, Mrs. Matilda Gray Stream of New Orleans, who has spent the past 40 years doing continuous restoration to the main house and grounds including the highlight of the tour -- the 22 intact original slave quarters. Miss Gray had little use for the slave cabins but her niece recognized the historical significance of the slave quarters and restored them while maintaining the integrity of the 200 year old structures (no wall-to-wall carpeting, air conditioning or indoor plumbing here). Mrs. Stream has decorated the main home with period appropriate antiques and paintings. The main house itself is not very large (the columns and balcony make it seem bigger than it actually is) it is three rooms wide and one room deep on two floors. In the rear garden (a beautiful French-style manicured garden) there is a garçonnière (the quarters for the young unmarried men of the original owners), a privy (aka outhouse), a pigeonniere, and a kitchen house. Further away from the main house are the 22 original and restored slave cabins and a stunning live oak alley. The day we visited there were students from Tulane University doing an archaeological dig behind one of the cabins. The plantation is on the National Register of Historic Places. Our tour guide was very friendly and most informative about the history of the plantation. The home and slave cabin exteriors are featured in the Tarantino film "Django Unchained".

1  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

I wanted to give an update, Evergreen Plantation was also in the film D'Jango Unchained, as Big Daddy's home....Interesting, tour guide failed to mention this when we toured in Nov. 2013. How did I find out? Naturally, by watching the movie and noticing locations me and my family visited, so I looked it up and there it was in all it's glory!

Though Evergreen is private property, most likely they didn't want to bring this to light, now ya know!

Thank AvocadoNTomatoe... J
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stopped at four plantations during our visit to the area (Laura, Oak Alley, Houmas and Evergreen), and each one of them highlighted an aspect of life and culture of that time - they complemented each other very well. The guide - in contrast to the three other plantations - was dressed in worn down jeans. The house itself is small, but the grounds and oak trees are magnificent. Featured in the movie Django Unchained, which was a nice bonus ;-)

Thank RVTAntwerpen
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