Where have the years gone? This month Houmas House celebrates eighteen years under the ownership and vision of Kevin Kelly. From reviving the mansion and expanding the gardens, to adding a new inn and restaurants, he has given visitors a reason to come back year after year. Once stripped of its ornate moldings and bold colors, the Houmas Estate is once again the Crown Jewel of the Great River Road.
During its peak Sugar Cane production, Houmas House was the largest sugar producing plantation in the South spanning over 300,000 acres. Over the years and a series of owners, the land has been reduced to 38 acres but has managed to impress with it's stately Greek Revival architecture, wrap-around porches, and original outbuildings.
With the addition of formal gardens, an extensive gift shop, restaurants, a museum and an inn, guests may now spend more than a day exploring and immersing in themselves in the antebellum era.
Although the restaurants have garnered much attention, the mansion tours are still the main reason to visit Houmas House. Here guests learn about the business savvy men who have owned the plantation since 1770. Room after room displays both original and period antiques and artwork, truly an extensive collection built over the years.
Once a thriving working sugar cane plantation, Houmas House is now a true destination not to be missed.