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Tour the River Road and Capital for Plantations, Dining and Outdoor Fun Tour the River Road and Capital for Plantations, Dining and Outdoor Fun
Follow the Mississippi River as it flows through Baton Rouge and the heart of Plantation Country.
In the Kitchen with Chef John Folse In the Kitchen with Chef John Folse
Get to know one of Louisiana's favorite chefs.
African-American Heritage Itinerary: Plantation Country African-American Heritage Itinerary: Plantation Country
Explore the African-American Heritage Trail in the Baton Rouge and St. Francisville Area with this itinerary of things to do.

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    City: Donaldsonville
    35444 Butler Road Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    City: Donaldsonville
    716 Mississippi Street Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    Beautiful cathedral-like structure built in the late 1800’s, serving the Chruch parish established in 1772 after which Ascension civil parish is named. Originally a mission to serve the...
    City: Donaldsonville
    406 Charles St. Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting artifacts, the River Road African American Museum and Gallery provides positive information about the history and culture of African Americans...
    City: Donaldsonville
    7775 Hwy. 70 N. Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    Located in Donaldsonville, LA. If you're looking for things to do on your trip, visit the Historic District, take a tour of the River Road African American Museum, visit Historic Fort Butler...
    City: Donaldsonville
    1240 Mississippi Street Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    AscensionCorporateRentals.com provides short term, fully furnished corporate housing in South Louisiana!!  We specialize in the personal touch and commitment to excellence in servicing our extended...
    City: Donaldsonville
    2275 Hwy. 70 Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    The Comfort Inn® hotel is ideally located in the heart of Louisiana's Plantation Country. Architecture and history buffs will enjoy visiting the many nearby landmarks.  Notable points of...
    City: Donaldsonville
    602 Railroad Avenue Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    Our Bed & Breakfast is home to four elegant suites and welcomes families, friends and travelers as a peaceful getaway under 100 year-old live oak trees, just a short walk from many fine restaurants...
    City: Donaldsonville
    P. O. Box 346 Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    Historic Donaldsonville was founded in 1806 and is located where the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche meet. Donaldsonville was once home of the State Capitol of Louisiana, two Louisiana...
    City: Donaldsonville
    510 Railroad Avenue Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    Great gifts and working artist studio for internationally acclaimed primitive artist Alvin Batiste.

After a long day of touring plantations, nothing could be more satisfying than setting up camp in Donaldsonville and sitting down to a nice meal, well-paired with a glass of wine. Here’s where world-renowned Chef John Folse's manufacturing plant is located along with his Bittersweet Plantation and Lafitte’s Landing restaurant. Donaldsonville is known not only for its place in Louisiana culinary lore but also for its political significance. It served as the state capital in 1830 when the seat of power was first moved from New Orleans – because the more countrified legislators had become scandalized by the Crescent City’s laissez-faire approach to moral conduct. Though the capital ultimately moved to Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville has maintained the quiet, small-town appeal that first inspired Louisiana legislators to move there. Indeed, the state has designated Donaldsonville as one of its Main Street communities, and it is also home to the intriguing River Road African American Museum.


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