Historic Houses

s-ailletThe Aillet House
Explore the Aillet House (c.1830), an important preservation-in-progress that represents Louisiana’s earliest French Creole architectural tradition.




Allendale Plantation Cabins
Discover history spanning over 100 years from before the Civil War up until the Civil Rights era in the three cabins from Allendale Plantation.

s-allendale1The legacy of slavery is interpreted in the c.1850 slave cabin which is pictured here. The interior of the cabin shows early furnishings used typically by slaves before the Civil War.





s-allendale2The second cabin from Allendale Plantation c.1870’s depicts life for the plantation worker after the Civil War.







s-allendale3The third cabin from Allendale c.1890’s shows life as it would have been during the Civil Rights era.






s-arbrothArbroth Plantation Store

Built in the c.1880’s, this plantation store was in use as a grocery store and post office until it was closed in the 1980’s.




s-reedReed Shotgun House

Built in 1938, this shotgun house design is a staple of southern architecture and here you learn about the cultural influence migrant workers had on West Baton Rouge.






Juke Joint

Juke joints have a history that is deeply rooted in small towns throughout the south. West Baton Rouge was famous for the juke joints that provided relief to the workers coming in from the sugarcane fields and long hard days of work on the Mississippi River. You could hear live music playing all night through open windows across the canebrake.