Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Daily 9AM-5PM. Last house tour 4PM. Admission. Experience a guided tour of the Joseph Jefferson Home (ca. 1870), a grand architectural masterpiece built as a hunting lodge and painting studio for the famous 19th century actor, Joseph Jefferson, who portrayed Rip Van Winkle on the stage. On display are several of his paintings in a setting that revives the atmosphere of the South after the Civil War. Visit Rip's Rookery and a semi-tropical garden surrounding beautiful Lake Peigneur. View the film of the 1980 catastrophe on the lake. Have lunch at Café Jefferson and stay at the B&B in the midst of the gardens. Find one of a kind items and souvenirs at the gift shop.