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. 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. but­ler­green­ 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. cot­tage­plan­ta­ 10528 Cot­tage Lane, St. Fran­cisville, La., 225.635.3674. GREEN­WOOD PLAN­TA­TION This 28-columned Greek Re­vival was built in 1830, de­stroyed by fire in 1960 and painstak­ingly re­built and re­turned to its for­mer splen­dor dur­ing the 1980s. Now a pop­u­lar bed-and-break­fast, tours are of­fered daily (ex­cept ma­jor hol­i­days). Open Mar.-Oct., 9 am-5 pm; Nov.Feb., 10 am-4 pm. Home and gar­den: $9; grounds only: $4.­wood­plan­ta­ 6838 High­land Rd., St. Fran­cisville, La., 225.655.4475.

MYRTLES PLAN­TA­TION “One of Amer­ica’s most haunted homes,” the Myrtles of­fers overnight stays for those who dare, and daily his­toric tours, along with night­time “mys­tery” ex­cur­sions, for those who don’t. A pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for ghost hunters, this circa-1796 prop­erty is al­legedly home to more than a dozen ac­tive spir­its. Guided his­toric tours are of­fered daily, 9 am-4 pm (ex­cept ma­jor hol­i­days); $8 adults, $4 chil­dren un­der 12. Mys­tery tours are avail­able F-Sa, 6-8 pm; $10. www.myrtle­s­plan­ta­ 7747 Hwy. 61, St. Fran­cisville, La., 225.635.6277. NOT­TOWAY PLAN­TA­TION The famed “White Castle of Louisiana,” rest­ing on 37 acres of land, is one of the largest an­te­bel­lum homes in the South. Not­toway has beau­ti­ful an­tique rooms with overnight ac­com­mo­da­tions avail­able; reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. Guided tours are of­fered daily, 9 am-4 pm. $20 adults, $6 chil­dren 6-12, free un­der 5. www.not­ 31025 Hwy. 1 South, White Castle, La., 225.545.2730. OAK­LEY HOUSE In the early 1820s, nat­u­ral­ist John James Audubon trav­eled around Louisiana sketch­ing the state’s na­tive wildlife for his Birds in Amer­ica se­ries, cre­at­ing more than 30 draw­ings while re­sid­ing in this 1806 colo­nial-style home. Guided tours are of­fered W-Su on the hour, 10 am-4 pm; closed ma­jor hol­i­days. $8 adults, $6 se­niors (62 and older), $4 students (ages 6-17), chil­dren 5 and un­der free.­toric­sites/audubon-state-his­toric-site. 11788 Hwy. 965, St. Fran­cisville, La., 225.635.3739. ROSEDOWN PLAN­TA­TION This circa-1834 home features rare 19th-cen­tury fur­nish­ings and 28 acres of pris­tine for­mal gar­dens. Tours of­fered daily (ex­cept hol­i­days), 10 am-4 pm. $10 adults, $8 se­niors, $4 students, un­der 5 free. louisiana-state-parks/his­toric-sites/rose­down­plan­ta­tion-state-his­toric-site/in­dex. 12501 Hwy. 10, St. Fran­cisville, La., 225.635.3332. RURAL LIFE MU­SEUM Lo­cated on the Bur­den Re­search Plan­ta­tion, a 450-acre agri­cul­tural ex­per­i­ment fa­cil­ity op­er­ated by Louisiana State Univer­sity, this mu­seum charts the state’s rich cul­tural her­itage with ex­hibits on “folk ar­chi­tec­ture” and 19th-cen­tury work­ing plan­ta­tion life. Open daily (ex­cept ma­jor hol­i­days), 8 am-4:30 pm. $7 adults, $6 se­niors, $5 students, $4 ages 5-11, ages 4 and un­der free.­ral­life. 4560 Essen Lane, Ba­ton Rouge, La., 225.765.2437.

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