AAA Editor Notes
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site is .25 mi. e. off US 61 to 12501 SR 10. Daniel Turnbull, a wealthy cotton planter, built the 16-room house approached by a live-oak avenue in 1835. Inspired by their honeymoon to the great gardens of Europe, including Versailles, his wife created 28 acres of formal gardens in the Louisiana wilderness. The gardens feature camellias, azaleas, medicinal herbs and century-old shrubs and trees and are dotted with Italian statuary and gazebos.
Thirteen historic buildings are located on the 371-acre site, including a doctor's office, kitchen, hothouse, milk house and barn. Guided tours offer a glimpse of 19th-century plantation life. Many of the original furnishings imported from Europe are on display. The main staircase is crafted from imported mahogany and Italian marble fireplaces are featured.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.