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Houmas House Plantation

Discussion in 'The Civil War Traveler's Companion' started by mkyzzzrdet, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. mkyzzzrdet

    mkyzzzrdet Private

    Feb 23, 2013

    There was another thread on this house, but there was not a lot there, so I wanted to include some pictures of the place from my visit last November.
    The web site is www.houmashouse.com
    It is a top Louisiana tourist attraction, with an Inn, and a restaurant.

    I have included several pics, because it was, well, camera-friendly. The tour here does not go into a lot of detail about slavery, but the guides say that slavery is extensively covered at the Whitney Plantation, where I hope to visit on a future trip


    The house is a restored Greek revival mansion, and claims to have the most opulent gardens in the south. The house tells of the sugar barons that built the plantation and developed the sugar producing business.


    It is a 16 room estate and has a vast collection of period antiques, artwork, china and artifacts (some that date to the early home from the early 1800s (according to the brochure) Visiting it, I can certainly believe that is true.

    DSCN3793.JPG The grounds has oaks that are centuries old. And huge. Here is a picture of my friend John standing
    in front of one of them. No, John is not a dwarf - he is 5 ft 6 inches tall. You can see how big the tree is!
    (John made a sad effort to be funny and told me the tree was almost as old as I was.)

    This is the bachelors quarters when they came to visit. I believe the guide also said that when single young men, who lived there, reached a certain age, they were move out here, also. Its been a while and I don;t recall exactly, Someone else know the full story?


    One of the owners liked to put some of his artwork on the walls.


    Dining room. (but not for the restaurant)

    Want to relax out on the porch?

    That's about it. The history of this plantation can be found at the website, and is too much to go into here.
    Its certainly worth a trip if you get down to southern La. We were not able to eat at the restaurant, but we may try it on out next trip down there.
    Incidentally - if you do go, please feel free to post more pictures.
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  3. bankerpapaw

    bankerpapaw 2nd Lieutenant

    Dec 26, 2007
    Beautiful house and beautiful pictures. Thanks!!!
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Eleanor Rose Sergeant Major

    Nov 26, 2016
    central NC
    Thank you for sharing this post. The pictures are terrific! This is on my list of plantations to visit. You referenced the bachelors quarters. This was shared in our recent visit to Oak Alley. It was an unfamiliar concept to me, but as I recall the tour guide said young men were moved there from the main house when they reached a certain age and were entering "manhood." Perhaps someone else on this site can share more about this practice. It would be interesting to know.
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  5. Vicksburger

    Vicksburger Sergeant

    Dec 16, 2011
    Saint Joseph
    Wow! These pictures are magnificent! They are a good example of how unique we Americans are and why the rest of the world can't compare in terms of culture!
  6. 7th Mississippi Infantry

    7th Mississippi Infantry Lt. Colonel Forum Host

    Sep 28, 2013
    Great question !

    This concept was quite common within the Louisiana Creole culture.

    The wealthy would construct separate structures for their adolescent males.
    Less prosperous families would designate a separate area of an existing home for the teenaged boys.

    A garçonnière is the French term for a bachelor’s apartment. The name originated from the French word for a boy or bachelor – garçon.

    Prior to the Civil War, most large antebellum plantations in Louisiana constructed these buildings away from the big house. It was the custom on the larger plantations to have a separate house for boys once they reached their teens, so they could do “manly” things. It also kept them from being tempted by the influences of unmarried women in the extended family, and from any unmarried women staying in the house. The Old South was very particular with its customs, and keeping young, unmarried men and women separated was a key concern for them. In smaller plantation houses the attic was considered the garçonnière.


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    https://books.google.com/books?id=E...v=onepage&q=creole bachelors quarters&f=false
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  7. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

    May 12, 2010
    These are wonderful photos. The house is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
  8. Eleanor Rose

    Eleanor Rose Sergeant Major

    Nov 26, 2016
    central NC
    Fascinating! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this information.

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