Plantation CountryBaton Rouge Area
Another Plantation Country Area:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana's state capital, is where visitors can hear the state's colorful history told and retold. In Baton Rouge, you can see for miles along the Mississippi River from the top of the Capitol, travel back in time at Magnolia Mound or Rural Life Museum, relive WWII Navy life aboard the U.S.S. Kidd and Nautical History Center and tour a mysterious swamp. At the old State Capitol, see the gun some say was used to shoot Huey Long. Stroll along the riverfront, enjoy our riverboat casinos and taste fine Cajun, Creole and Old South cuisine. In Plantation Country, Baton Rouge is the center for seeing more than 20 elegantly restored antebellum homes, as well as experiencing New Orleans and Cajun Country just a short drive away! From Alligators to Zydeco, experience the Flavours of Louisiana in Baton Rouge!
Visit West Baton Rouge Parish... where yesterday and today share the Mississippi River Road that winds through Louisiana's famous Plantation Country. Browse through the West Baton Rouge Museum complex in Port Allen or photograph the mighty Mississippi from atop the Port Allen Lock wall. Enjoy the friendly small-town atmosphere of Baton Rouge's neighbor to the west while you sample sumptuous seafood buffets and real down-home Louisiana cooking at local restaurants. Experience Southern hospitality at Port Allen hotels just five minutes from downtown Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River. A Visitor Information Center near the hotels is open daily located off Exit 151, intersection of I-10 and Highway 415 from 9 am until 5 pm.
Historic downtown Plaquemine, the seat of Iberville Parish government, has a number of beautiful and historically significant homes and buildings to see on a self-guided walking tour. While offering a variety of architectural styles and details, the common thread among many of the distinguished homes is the use of turn-of -the-century cypress, which was readily available then from Iberville's thriving lumber industry. Point Pleasant, located on the River Road, is home to the Madonna Chapel, listed in Ripley's Believe It or Not as the smallest church in the world. North and East Iberville each offer unique and historic homes, churches, and general stores. And Iberville is bordered on the west by the Atchafalaya Basin, which offers fishing year-round.
French Creole Pointe Coupee Parish was settled in the early 1700s and today displays a wealth of history, culture and beauty that will allow a picturesque journey through time. Take a leisurely drive along beautiful False River, fish for trophy bass or take a party barge ride and enjoy the sunset on the Fausse Riviere. Celebrations begin with Mardi Gras parades and continue with the annual antique show, old fashioned church fairs, farmers markets and craft bazaars, 4th of July activities, Christmas parades, and the season finale, Noel Sur La Fausse Riviere in New Roads. Enjoy delicious Creole cuisine or a quick bite with local flavor. Overnight in one of our bed & breakfast homes and shop for that special antique. When planning your next trip, write or call for brochures to help you explore beautiful, historic Pointe Coupee and enjoy the warmest welcome in Louisiana.
Begin your quest for treasures in St. Francisville (West Feliciana Parish), where our antebellum plantations and townhomes are gems. For a map, complete with mileage and directions, stop in at the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum, home of the Audubon Pilgrimage each March. From there, enjoy the Walk Through History tour that interprets over 140 structures on the National Register of Historic Places, including some of our churches: Grace Episcopal Church and Cemetery the state's second oldest Episcopal congregation, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church designed by Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, and the United Methodist Church whose 150-year-old belfry was moved from Bayou Sara. Ferdinand Street boasts over a dozen shops filled with delightful gifts and antiques. And only minutes from "downtown" is the Locust Grove Cemetery, where the first wife of Jefferson Davis is buried. The Energy Center at the Riverbend Power Plant is a treat for visitors young and old alike. So for birding, biking, picnicking, honeymooning, or browsing art galleries, West Feliciana is the place!
East Feliciana Parish, the heart of English Louisiana's Plantation Country, is noted for its scenic beauty and historical landmarks. A legal, educational and commercial center in the days when cotton was king, the parish offers a cornucopia of quaint historic towns, charming bed & breakfasts, unsurpassed country drives, abundant native wildflowers, excellent birding, bicycling, interesting shops and select dining. Points of interest include Port Hudson State Commemorative Area (National Landmark), the Parish Courthouse and Lawyers Row (National Landmark), Centenary State Commemorative Area, Jackson Regional Museum, Feliciana Cellars Winery, Casa de Sue Winery, Marston House and Bear Corners Restaurant. The Jackson Historic District includes a well preserved commercial corridor and many fine examples of vernacular architecture of the antebellum period. Annual events include the Jackson Assembly Antiques Festival, Feliciana Spring Sampler, Battle of Jackson Crossroads Reenactment and Pecan Ridge Bluegrass Festival.
Located in the southeastern part of the state in the Florida Parishes, Livingston Parish is unique in several ways. North of Highway 190, the population is predominantly Anglo-Saxon Protestant, while south of Highway 190 you will find the French-Catholic population. The Free State of Livingston, established in 1832, was so named because of a philosophy of independence and self-reliance. The parish was built by a humble class of proud people. Come see the folk housing, low-land homes, largest Hungarian settlement in the state, grazing buffalo and deer. Sure to relieve the stress of a busy lifestyle are the tall willowy pines, lazy rivers, bayous, swamp tours, bird-watching and much more. See our antique village. Stay in one of our bed & breakfasts. Enjoy some of the best Cajun and Creole cuisine in the state.
One of Louisiana's historic Florida Parishes,
was established in 1810. It is
located a few minutes off Interstate 55, which enters the state in the area described as the
"toe" of Louisiana. In fact, boots are very much in evidence in this rural region. Visitors
will enjoy the cuisine at Bear Creek Steakhouse, located on Highway 16 in Montpelier. Pine
forests scent the air at the St. Helena Forest Festival held in Greensburg the last Saturday
in August. The Amite River forms the eastern boundary of the parish and the Tickfaw flows
along the western side. Louisiana Highway 10, once known as the Choctaw Trail, crosses the
parish and is a beautiful scenic drive. Visit the Old Jail and the original Florida Parish
Land Office, located in the parish seat of Greensburg. Inspiration Park, near Kentwood,
offers camping and meditation facilities.
Adapted from the Louisiana Office of Tourism site.