Summer Time, and the Livin' is Easy
As Seen by Princess Maggie
I love Summer! So many exciting things happen on the grounds of this estate. The grounds are bursting with color, there are thousands of birds and wildlife to watch, and happy tourists everywhere. Houmas House is an escape from the busy cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Often our visitors are ready to explore the country outside these two main destinations.
Since the early 1800's, the owners of Houmas House and other plantations have maintained a townhouse in the city of New Orleans where they lived during the Fall and Winter months. But every summer the family would retreat to the "summer house" or plantation. Here they would grow fresh fruits and vegetables, plant sugarcane, and enjoy the cooler, less crowded surroundings of the country. Although Houmas House is not technically a plantation anymore, the grounds still produce fruits and vegetables. There are fruit trees full of satsumas and limes and lush vegetable gardens with an abundance of tomatoes, peppers, herbs and spices. The alley of oaks channels the constant breeze from the nearby Mississippi River and provides shade all day. Summer days are spent lounging under the three-hundred-year-old oak trees and watching the paddlewheels and tugboats drift by.
Spend the day, or spend the night and experience the Antebellum South at this historic estate.