06 November 2016

Evergreen Plantation

Besides being the South's most intact plantation complex, the main Evergreen house is arguably the most beautiful of all antebellum mansions. The curved twin entrance stairs contribute, in no small part, to the overall beautiful character of the structure. Dating from 1790, the “Big House” began its existence as a raised Creole house and 42 years later was remodeled to its present form.

Evergreen Plantation is located at Edgard, Louisiana, on "River Road" (Highway 18) about three miles downriver of the  Veterans Memorial Bridge that spans the Mississippi River at Gramercy & Wallace Louisiana.

Evergreen Plantation has an astonishing 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including 22 slave cabins in their original, double row configuration.  In fact, Evergreen Plantation joins Mount Vernon and Gettysburg for having achieved the nation’s highest historic designation and has been granted its exceptional landmark status for the plantation’s agricultural acreage.

In addition to the main house, there exists remarkably preserved slave quarters and other dependencies. Not only was the plantation dependent on slave labor, but free men and women of African decent. Such a labor force was necessary to operate  such a multifaceted enterprise. Due to so many of the plantation’s structures still intact, Evergreen offers an outstanding representation of Louisiana’s plantation culture.

The Evergreen living history book also still has extant an allée of one hundred, 200-year old live oak trees. The plantation is still a privately owned operational sugar cane plantation where people continue to I've and work.

If one makes a trip to New Orleans, Evergreen Plantation is a must-see on your bucket list of places to visit.

There is much more to see and do on a trip to the New Orleans area than the perpetual party life personified by “Laissez les bons temps rouler.” [pronounced: le-say lay bohn tomps roo-lay] also known as “Let the good times roll.”

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