Along the River Road
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We were looking to make another trip before the winter but I dont know if thats going to happen.  The holidays are so busy, Im sure most of you can relate.  I dont like taking our River Road pictures during the winter, because, as I learned on our third trip the pictures turn out very dreary.  This area is much more beautiful in the spring and summer.  So, if we dont take another trip until next spring, dont leave us.  We will be back soon, I promise.  I promise the wait will be worth it….

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East Bank

And so, that wraps up the East Bank portion of our trip.  It took us 2 years and 5 trips to get that done.  We plan to go more often to do the downriver, west bank part of the book, which will begin in Port Allen, Louisiana and head south.

In the early 1960s the unoccupied and deteriorating house was sold to a developer who planned to raze the building and erect an apartment complex.  A dramatic preservation effort saved the house in 1966 and eventually restored it to the proiod of the Duplantier residence with sophisticated Creole taste in paint colors, faux finishes, and wallpaper.  Also on the property is a reproduction kitchen where open-hearth demonstrations are given, and an exhibit facility explicating Creole life.  A pigeonnier, circa 1820, was moved from downriver Sunshine, and the Magnolia Mound overseer’s house, circa 1860, was moved to the grounds from its original location about a block away.  Two oaks in the front of the house are thought to have been planted by John Joyce.

Slave Cabin (circa 1830) on the Magnolia Mound complex

(Photos are of the outdoor kitchen and other outbuildings)

The undocumented, but nevertheless legendary, residence of Prince Murat, some of Caroline Bonaparte, at Magnolia Mound in 1836 led to subsequent references to the property as the Prince Murat House.  However, the prince owned a downriver portion of the property, not the part on which the house is located.  In 1847 George Hall bought Magnolia Mound.  Leaving it under his overseer’s watchful eye during the Civl War, Hall returned in 1865 to find that the plantation had been ruined by Federal occupation.  Hall sold Magnolia Mound in 1869 to Helen McCullen, whose family retained ownership until 1883.  The Property was farmed until the beginning of the twentieth century.

McKinley Street leads to Nicholson Drive where, a block to the left, is the Magnolia Mound Plantation house.  City blocks now consume the original front acreage of this raised Creole plantation, which remains on its original Spanish land grant, situated on a natural ridge.  The property was first recorded in 1786 as belonging to James Hillin, who planted tobacco.  When John Joyce purchased the plantation in 1791, he constructed a four-room house and planted indigo.  In 1802 Joyces widow married Armand Duplantier, and the unimposing home was expanded and modernized.

Under the Duplantiers’ ownership, the house became known as Magnolia Mound and was modified to include a handmade cove ceiling in the parlor, hand-carved moldings, Federal-style mantels, an extension of the gallery, and additional rooms.  The property extended from approximately the site of the LSU football stadium upriver to near the access to the Interstate 10 bridge.

After this…

….there were several points in the book that we missed because we were getting up into Baton Rouge by this time.  At 85.7 Laurel Plantation is listed.  We think this may be apartments now.  At 86.6 is listed Hope (Estate) Plantation, the land is now currently owned by the East Baton Rouge Port Commission.  At 87.4 is Brightside Lane, which we’ve driven down before, but somehow managed to miss completly.  It is the former site of Arlington Plantation.  This, as did Gartness Plantation, all became part of the LSU campus (GEAUX TIGERS!!!!)  At mile marker 88.7 Gartness Plantation began with a Spanish land grant to James Hillens in 1786.