Houmas Home & Backyard Tour in LA: Half 2 The Home

Tour Houmas Home and Gardens, one of many many sugar cane plantations that dot the Mississippi River in Louisiana. It’s like stepping again in time to antebellum instances. At present we are going to go to the within of the home, which is stuffed with interval antiques and memorabilia. 

Sitting on a curve of the Mississippi River, the Houmas Home and Gardens dates again 240 years. This iconic sugar cane plantation has seen quite a lot of historical past through the years, so be a part of me on this tour of this gorgeous Classical Revival home that’s nonetheless there on the grounds. The plantation is left with 38 acres, down from the a whole lot of acres that it began with. The Sugar Cane barons of the 18th century lived alongside the river and there have been a whole lot of plantations. The Houmas Home is called after the Houmas indians who had been natives of the world again within the 1700’s, when this land was settled. You’ll be able to learn all in regards to the historical past of Houmas House on the Historical past web page of their web site.

In case you missed Half 1 of the Houmas Home & Gardens, ensure and click on over to tour the backyard tour of this magnificent plantation dwelling.

In regards to the Houmas Home

As I discussed final week, the well-known film, Hush Hush Candy Charlotte, had many scenes filmed on the home. I had by no means seen the film, so we watched it that night time after we received again to my sister’s home. It was scary and all of us loved it and seeing the outside of the plantation within the film. We additionally watched No matter Occurred to Child Jane and Strait Jacket whereas we had been visiting and so they had been all good. I had by no means seen any of these. The knew the right way to use a scare consider these previous motion pictures! You’ll be able to see all of the movies & TV shows filmed here which is absolutely attention-grabbing.

About the home, from the web site, the unique French cottage was constructed within the 1700’s and in a while a brand new middle corridor cottage was inbuilt entrance of the 1700’s home, which was then the unique Donaldson Cottage was renovated and become the Classical Revival Mansion that stands right this moment. There’s quite a lot of historical past on these grounds. I additionally shared the slavery story on Half 1 of the house and backyard tour, so ensure and browse that and comply with the hyperlinks for the story on that topic.

From the web site: It was throughout the 1890’s that the Miles Household enlarged the mansion by connecting the 1829 mansion to the French Home, to the rear. The carriageway was created between the 2 buildings and two extra bedrooms and a middle corridor had been added to the 2nd ground of the mansion. 


Houmas Home has an Inn on the grounds, in addition to 3 eating places you may select from. I learn that occasions and weddings are held right here and I can see why. The great thing about the grounds is exceptional.

Present Take a look at Houmas Home

The home has been by means of many renovations over it’s 250 12 months historical past on this property and the within has been meticulously perfected with lovely antiques and artifacts of the age. The home undoubtedly appears the a part of a Southern plantation.

As I discussed in Half 1, the present proprietor is New Orleans businessman, Kevin Kelly, who bought and did an in depth renovation to the house and gardens in 2003, when it was then opened once more to the general public for excursions. The house proprietor nonetheless lives right here, however permits excursions of the house.

Stepping contained in the entry corridor, you get a great take a look at the expansiveness of this lovely plantation dwelling.

The partitions have a hand painted mural depicting sugar cane fields, applicable for this dwelling of a Sugar Baron.

Take a look at this gorgeous ceiling mural.

This previous map was present in the home and framed for show.

Our tour information was very informative, sharing life on the plantation in the home, sharing tales of lots of the issues seen across the dwelling. We actually loved this one hour tour of the home.

Discover the piano music sitting on the piano.

Billiard room

I don’t recall all of the issues we heard on the tour in regards to the within the home, however you may get pleasure from all the attractive pics and browse extra on the web site I’ve linked above. The photographs are very pleasing to have a look at.

Upstairs hallway

A singular e-book desk.

Bette Davis memorabilia is on this room, the place she is claimed to have stayed throughout the filming of Hush Hush Candy Charlotte.

Upstairs wrap round porch of the property dwelling. You’ll be able to see the oak alley from right here.

The home homes quite a lot of previous and attention-grabbing vintage items, like this previous horse tricycle.

An early child walker, so fairly.

And an vintage excessive chair.

Photograph of the unique oak alley at Houmas Home. Again then it went virtually to the river and there was no levee after all.

Map of the plantation homes alongside the river.

Stunning previous shutters on the upstairs porch.

It was a good looking day to tour.

What’s left of the oak alley, it’s nonetheless lovely.

This a part of the tour was the unique 1700’s French home that was later linked to the large home.

Eating places at Houmas Home

That is the Latil’s Touchdown Restaurant (dinner solely, superb eating), which is considered one of 3 restaurants on the grounds. This one is a extremely upscale superb eating expertise, which might be actually enjoyable. The opposite 2 eating places are the Dixie Cafe (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, buffet out there) and The Carriage Home Restaurant, open for Lunch and Dinner.. It’s a beautiful place for a day outing or in a single day expertise on the Inn.

You’ll be able to see the carriageway right here added on within the 1890’s to attach the unique French cottage to the primary home. It’s so picturesque and fairly. Simply take a look at these enormous inexperienced arched doorways. Horses and carriages had been introduced in right here to ship company.


This a part of the unique 1700’s dwelling and simply off the carriageway, housed quite a lot of historic kitchen memorabilia.

The grounds have been up to date and actually make a stunning backdrop to this magnificent home.

The buildings all have features in operating this enormous property as occasion and marriage ceremony venues, in addition to the eating places.

We had lunch on the Dixie Cafe and loved it. It’s within the constructing the place the museum is positioned.

Turkey panini with candy potato fries.

There’s a multi-level pedestrian bridge (which I didn’t get a pic of) that brings you up and over the highway in order that company can see the Mississippi River over the levee. That is trying again on the home by means of the timber.

And on high of the levee trying on the grand previous Mississippi River.

What quite a lot of historical past housed on this lovely historic plantation dwelling. We certain did get pleasure from our go to and I’d undoubtedly advocate it to anybody who enjoys historic properties, structure and gardens. This was a good looking piece of historical past to soak up! I hope you loved occurring the tour with us.

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