By Louisiana State Museum staff

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Set in the town of Thibodaux among centuries-old live oak trees and sugar cane fields on Bayou Lafourche, the E.D. White plantation home is one of Louisiana’s most historic properties.

This National Historic Landmark was the residence of two of Louisiana’s foremost political figures – Edward Douglas White, who was governor from 1835 to 1839, and his son, Edward Douglass White, who was appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1894 and served as Chief Justice from 1910 to 1921.

Built in the 1790s and extensively remodeled through the 1840s, the main house showcases a variety of Louisiana plantation architecture styles and traditional construction techniques. The high ceilings, wide shaded galleries and raised brick cellar provided relief from fierce summer heat.

Louisiana State Museum exhibits trace the region’s history with sections on the Chitimacha Indians, early Acadian settlers, sugar cane agriculture, slavery and the White family.  Born here in 1844, Edward Douglass White served as a Confederate Army officer during the Civil War and as a U.S. Senator.  As Chief Justice of the United States, he was best known for his opinions on antitrust law and the rights of citizens to dissent. For more information, visit LouisianaStateMuseum.org.

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