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ROSEDOWN STATE HISTORIC SITE

Visit this large Victorian era plantation home and gardens, originally built by the Turnbull family, and discover how the social elite of the mid-19th century lived. Tour an impressive 28 acres of preserved formal gardens. And take part in African American influenced cooking demonstrations in the historic kitchen.

Rosedown Plantation is located along one of the most historic corridors in South Louisiana. The historic presence of the River created deep soil deposits to form uplands that became, in the days of the cotton boom, extremely productive and valuable.

At its largest, Rosedown Plantation comprised approximately 3,455 acres, the majority of which was planted in cotton. The contribution of slave labor to the construction and upkeep of the plantation, as well as agricultural prosperity and wealth accrued by Daniel Turnbull, was immense. During peak years of cotton production, operation of Rosedown utilized as many as 450 slaves.

Currently, the main house, historic gardens and 13 historic buildings and 371 remaining acres of Rosedown Plantation are preserved as a state historic site. In 2005, Rosedown Plantation was place on the National Listing of Historic Landmarks.