My family & I recently visited BREC Magnolia Mound Plantation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Magnolia Mound was a short 10 minute drive from The Cook Hotel at LSU which we recently stayed at. BREC Magnolia Mound is a smaller plantation than Nottoway Plantation but is rich in Louisiana History. In 1786 (a small cottage at the time) James Hillin & hos wife Jane arrived to Baton Rouge. In 1791 they sold the 950 acre plantation to John Joyce & his family. Although the plantation was located in Baton Rouge, the family resided in the Alabama area. In 1798 John Joyce drowned during a sailing trip from New Orleans to Mobile. His widow then married Armand Duplantier. Our tour guide told us that the Jane Joyce had her own children from John Joyce, plus Duplantier’s 4 children from his 1st marriage & then had another 5 children with Duplantier. After a series of financial problems, the new family outgrew the cottage was originally four rooms, with side-by-side room arrangement.
The Duplantier’s expanded to a eight-room house, including formal dining room and & service rooms. I was not able to take pictures inside of the plantation home which I was disappointed by, but most of the furniture there were brought in. None of the original furniture was inside the home. Original Duplantier decedents owned the plantation until 1849. In 1966 the city of Baton Rouge purchased the house and 16 acres to preserve the house and buildings for the historic & architectural value.
One of our favorite aspects of the plantation is that is was a working plantation. Although the families that lived in the home in the 1800’s had some wealth to their name, they also worked hard to grow indigo, tobacco, cotton and sugar cane. I could feel the connection that the large family made use of the home and the 900+ acres that surrounded it. It felt cozy & warm.
Today, Magnolia Mound has several outbuildings on the plantation: Open-hearth Kitchen, Overseer’s House, Crop Garden, Pigeonnier & a Carriage House. My family loved walking through the property and enjoying an up close self-guided tour on the property. Our tour guide mentioned that they recently had a large Duplantier reunion. Duplantiers all over our country and as well as Canada, came to reminisce, learn and enjoy their history in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area.
Magnolia Mound Plantation House is located at 2161 Nicholson Dr. one mile south from downtown Baton Rouge. It is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday, and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday. If you are ever in the area or planning a trip to Louisiana, you can visit BREC Magnolia Mound Plantation.
Ages 5-17: $4
Under the age of five with family: free
Grounds only: $3
Groups of 10 or more: $7 per guest