September 29, 2023


New Estate

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

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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 full of 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 a number of historical past over time, 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 lots of of acres that it began with. The Sugar Cane barons of the 18th century lived alongside the river and there have been lots of of plantations. The Houmas Home is known as after the Houmas indians who have been natives of the realm again within the 1700’s, when this land was settled. You possibly can learn all concerning the historical past of Houmas House on the Historical past web page of their web site.

Should you missed Half 1 of the Houmas Home & Gardens, make sure and click on over to tour the backyard tour of this magnificent plantation house.

Concerning 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 evening once we obtained 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 have been visiting they usually have been all good. I had by no means seen any of these. The knew the right way to use a scare think about these outdated films! You possibly can see all of the movies & TV shows filmed here which is absolutely fascinating.

About the home, from the web site, the unique French cottage was constructed within the 1700’s and afterward a brand new middle corridor cottage was in-built entrance of the 1700’s home, which was then the unique Donaldson Cottage was renovated and became the Classical Revival Mansion that stands at present. There’s a number of historical past on these grounds. I additionally shared the slavery story on Half 1 of the house and backyard tour, so make sure and skim 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 further bedrooms and a middle corridor have been added to the 2nd flooring of the mansion. 


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

Present Take a look at Houmas Home

The home has been via many renovations over it’s 250 yr 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 intensive 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 an excellent have a look at the expansiveness of this lovely plantation house.

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

Take a look at this gorgeous ceiling mural.

This outdated 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 most of the issues seen across the house. 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 concerning the inside the home, however you’ll be able to take pleasure in all the attractive pics and skim extra on the web site I’ve linked above. The photographs are very satisfying 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 house. You possibly can see the oak alley from right here.

The home homes a number of outdated and fascinating vintage items, like this outdated 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.

Lovely outdated shutters on the upstairs porch.

It was a wonderful 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 one in every 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 accessible) 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 possibly can see the carriageway right here added on within the 1890’s to attach the unique French cottage to the principle home. It’s so picturesque and fairly. Simply have a look at these enormous inexperienced arched doorways. Horses and carriages have been introduced in right here to ship visitors.


This a part of the unique 1700’s house and simply off the carriageway, housed a number of historic kitchen memorabilia.

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

The buildings all have capabilities in operating this enormous property as occasion and wedding 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 street in order that visitors can see the Mississippi River over the levee. That is trying again on the home via the bushes.

And on prime of the levee trying on the grand outdated Mississippi River.

What a number of historical past housed on this lovely historic plantation house. We certain did take pleasure in our go to and I’d undoubtedly suggest it to anybody who enjoys historic houses, structure and gardens. This was a wonderful piece of historical past to soak up! I hope you loved happening the tour with us.

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