Plan­ta­tions & Mu­se­ums: Ba­ton Rouge & Be­yond

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AFTON VILLA GAR­DENS

Set among the ru­ins of an 1850s Gothic Re­vival manse, th­ese mag­nif­i­cent gar­dens have been res­cued and re­stored to their for­mer glory. More than 250 moss-draped live oaks are spread over 25 acres. Daily tours are of­fered 9 am-4:30 pm, Mar.-Jun., and Oct.-Nov. $5; chil­dren 12 and un­der free. www.aftonvilla.com. 9047 Hwy. 61, St. Fran­cisville, La., 225.635.6773.

BUT­LER GREEN­WOOD PLAN­TA­TION

Still re­tained by its orig­i­nal-own­ing fam­ily, this circa-1790 English cot­tage-style home is now a bed-and-break­fast. Eight dif­fer­ent cot­tages dot the grounds, in­clud­ing the plan­ta­tion’s kitchen, which fea­tures two bed­rooms, two baths and its orig­i­nal, hand-dug well con­structed from bricks made on site. www. but­ler­green­wood.com. 8345 Hwy. 61, St. Fran­cisville, La., 225.635.6312.

COT­TAGE PLAN­TA­TION

One of the area’s most com­plete plan­ta­tion dwellings with many of the prop­erty’s orig­i­nal out­build­ings still stand­ing where they were dur­ing an­te­bel­lum days. The main house is com­posed of a se­ries of con­nected

build­ings erected be­tween 1795 and 1860, and fea­tures a large se­lec­tion of orig­i­nal fur­nish­ings. B&B ac­com­mo­da­tions avail­able. Tours are of­fered daily, 10 am-4 pm; closed ma­jor hol­i­days. $7. www. cot­tage­plan­ta­tion.com. 10528 Cot­tage Lane, St. Fran­cisville, La., 225.635.3674.

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