LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens
Two dozen historic buildings tell the story of 100 years of working-class people of rural Louisiana through architecture, culture and artifacts.
An overseer’s house, kitchen, slave cabins, and sugar house are all part of the Working Plantation area. The Folk Architecture section consists of buildings with divergent forms of construction illustrating the various cultures of Louisiana.
This collection includes a split cypress barn, country church, 19th century jail, and what is believed to be the oldest Acadian house in the State. Adjacent to the LSU Rural Life Museum are the Windrush Gardens and Burden Home. Within the garden area crape myrtles, azaleas, camellias, and other plants that are representative of flora used in 19th century plantation gardens. The gardens include a vast collection of bronze and marble statues.
Through the forethought and generosity of the Burden Family, the LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Plantation remain intact for future generations to enjoy.