Evergreen Plantation is a plantation located on the west side of the Mississippi River in St. John the Baptist Parish, near Wallace, Louisiana, and along Louisiana Highway 18. The main house was constructed mostly in 1790, and renovated to its current Greek Revival style in 1832. The plantation's historical commodity crop was sugarcane, cultivated by enslaved African Americans until emancipation.For travelers who use our world travel planner, Edgard holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Evergreen Plantation and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
The plantation operated until about 1930, when the Depression resulted in the owners abandoning the house. The plantation continued to produce sugar cane under the direction of the bank that owned it, and it is still a working sugar cane plantation today. The house was extensively restored during the 1940s, with 300,000 bricks from the demolished Uncle Sam Plantation used in the restoration.
The plantation includes 37 contributing buildings, all but eight of them antebellum, making it one of the most complete plantation complexes in the state and the South. Of great significance are the 22 slave quarters, arranged in a double row along an allée of oak trees.
Among the outbuildings are a garconnière, where young bachelors of the family or male guests could stay; a pigeonnier for keeping pigeons (a sign of status among the planters); an overseer's cottage; and late
Because of its quality and significance, the plantation was included among the first 26 featured sites on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1992 for its rich architectural legacy. The house is open for tours every day except Sundays; tour times are at 9:30 am, 11:15 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:45 pm.
Evergreen Plantation reviews
This tour was packed with information about the family that owned this plantation and historical event. Our guide was energetic throughout the entire presentation. We enjoyed the tour. more »
I felt Evergreen had a nice balance of slavery and mansion history. Our guide was very knowledgable and all staff friendly and helpful. The $2. water bottle was a fun souvenir! more »
Excellent tour guide! She was very engaging and knowledgeable about the plantation as well as the general history of Louisiana's colonization. Our tour group was relatively small and the grounds were quiet, which made for a pleasant, more intimate experience.
I personally enjoyed the tour and our lovely guide Robin. She was knowledgeable, kind and knew her history well. It begins at the house, then to the garden/kitchen and ends with a walk through the alley that leads you to the slave quarters. As I was reading some of the negative comments I felt it was necessary to say our tour guide NEVER once said slavery wasnt as bad as history depicts it, she says that different plantations had different circumstances. She is there to give you the history of Evergreens plantation... not slavery as a whole.
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