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Houmas House Plantation
Near Donaldsonville, Louisiana


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Visitor center and entrance to Houmas House Plantation

Visitor center and entrance to Houmas House Plantation

Victoria water lilies, with pads big enough for a child to stand on, grace the entrance garden.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

The 38 acres of gardens are a major part of the appeal of Houmas House. In front of the house are broad lawns and huge oaks, behind it are smaller more formal plantings.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Houmas House's own oak alley

Houmas House's own oak alley

An allée (alley) of oaks, similar to the more famous one at nearby Oak Alley Plantation, was planted in the 1830's between the great house and the Mississippi River. Construction of the massive levees in the 1920's reduced the length of the alley by 125 feet.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Historic Burnside Oak

Historic Burnside Oak

Some of the oaks at Houmas House were planted, but others predate the plantation. This is the "Burnside Oak", named for one of the owners of the estate and thought to be over 300 years old.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Garçonnière, at Houmas House

Garçonnière, at Houmas House

An interesting feature of many Louisiana plantations is the garçonnière, where the family's teenaged boys lived. Only women, children, and married men were allowed to sleep in the main house.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Costumed interpreters at Houmas House

Costumed interpreters at Houmas House

Three of the guided tour interpreters at Houmas House, Susan, Susan, and Michael, dressed in the fashions of the antebellum plantation.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Behind the main Houmas House

Behind the main Houmas House

An older plantation house, kitchen, and formal garden are found behind the huge mansion at Houmas House. Rainwater is piped from the roof gutters into huge cisterns for domestic use.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Classical facade of Houmas House

Classical facade of Houmas House

The impressive Greek Revival facade of Houmas House is essentially unchanged since 1839. When Union troops came through during the Civil War, Houmas' Irish owner, John Burnside, hung a British flag from the balcony and saved the plantation from likely destruction.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Colonnaded veranda at Houmas House

Colonnaded veranda at Houmas House

Massive columns in the simple Tuscan style support Houmas House's roof and wide balcony.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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Houmas House entrance from the levee

Houmas House entrance from the levee

After the devastating flood of 1927 massive levees were built along the lower Mississippi River. The gate at Houmas House was moved back and the first sixteen oaks removed to make way for the huge earthwork. These river levees are the highest ground anywhere in this very flat and low-lying landscape.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River

The Mississipppi River is about half a mile wide at Houmas House, confined between high levees. The river is lined with industrial and port facilities of all kinds, especially petroleum refineries and chemical plants.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 10, 2015
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