Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is at 40136 River Rd. (SR 942). Once the seat of a 20,000-acre sugar plantation, the French- and Spanish-style rear house was built in the late 1700s. A Greek Revival mansion was added in 1828. The restored 16-room mansion is furnished with early 19th-century antiques, including a Parisian mantel clock rumored to have belonged to Marie Antoinette and Limoges china emblazoned with the Houmas name.
A mural depicting a sugarcane field greets guests in the main hall and a graceful spiral staircase winds its way through the manse's three stories. Thirty-eight acres of formal gardens, fountains and live oaks surround the house, which has been the setting for several films, including “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte” with Bette Davis. Guides in period dress provide historical background and a glimpse into the lifestyle of a wealthy sugar baron.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.