Houmas House Plantation and  Gardens 
March 2018
The History Continues....
The John Burnside Era (1858-1881)
John Burnside was born in Ireland and came to this country as a mere boy with 1 dollar and 25 cents in his
pocket. He found employment with Andrew Beirne who made Burnside a partner with his son Colonel Oliver Berne. A businessman and a character, Burnside was an avid sportsman who wagered heavily in horse races -- Burnside once secretly purchased a champion thoroughbred back East with the intent of defeating the steeds of fellow local businessmen in a big race. He quietly slipped the racehorse into the billiard room of the Mansion where it was "stabled" until Burnside's surprise was unveiled at the starting line and hailed in the winner's circle. His NY Times obituary states he was taciturn, reserved and morose, with no social feeling, no sympathy and no public spirit. In addition to building a railway to carry his products to market -"The Sugar Cane Train (1862)" - Burnside, a bachelor, is also said to have offered payment to any parents in the parish who would name their sons "John." 

Burnside bought the Houmas House plantation in 1857 for $1 million. For the next two decades as sugar cane fueled his fortune and sweetened his lifestyle; he was the largest producer of sugar in the country, and Houmas House with its 98,000 acres is apply dubbed the "Sugar Palace." During the Civil War Burnside saves Houmas House from Union Forces with a bluff, claiming British citizenship and immunity from occupation. This successful merchant also spends a large portion of time at Burnside place, his villa in the fashionable garden district of New Orleans.

Houmas House flourished under Burnside's ownership. The plantation survived the Great Depression, levee setbacks, floods, and a new river road and modern industrial complexes.  

John Burnside died on July 5, 1881.  At the time of his death he owned 10 of the most valuable plantations in Louisiana, making his properties and estate worth 5 million dollars.  In his will he leaves all but $312,000 of his large estate to his business partner and friend, Oliver Beirne.  

Wine and Dine Under the Oaks
We are excited to announce the beginning of a new dinner and wine tasting series under the oaks at Houmas House.  This month  we're partnering  with Jackson Family Wines. Guests will enjoy a 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings featuring  Freemark Abbey Napa Winery.  Since 1886 this family owned, hand-harvested winery has been a staple in Napa. Guests will also have the opportunity to dine with Barry Dodds, spokesperson for the Freemark Abbey Winery in Napa, California.  

Live jazz music will echo through the alley of mossy oaks while the sun sets over the Mississippi River. This is one event you won't want to miss! 

Tickets can be purchased online and will be limited to 100 people. Come dine like the Sugar Barons at Houmas House!
Should it rain, the event will be moved inside.

March 29, 2018
Seating promptly at 6:45 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
$150.00 per person
Egg-perience the Magic
Don't be fooled by the ears, it's me- Princess Maggie. I am just hoppin' with excitement about the arrival of Spring.  With TWO snow days this winter we could not wait for the return of green grass and brightly colored flowers!

Some of our garden wildlife has returned already- Peter Cottontail has been spotted throughout the gardens but he's too quick to catch for a picture. So, I thought I would dress up like him today.
We hope you will visit us Easter Sunday for our Annual Buffet and spend the afternoon in the gardens. The colors are bright, the breeze steady, and the food is divine as always.  Share your Easter photos with us on our Houmas House Facebook and Instagram page. Use #HoumasHouse.  See you soon!

Wine Gala

Wear your Kentucky Derby best and attend this fun event at Houmas House Plantation.  Explore a selection of 65 wines available at Ralph's Market while enjoying heavy hors d'oeurvres.  There will be a contest for best dressed man, woman, couple and best hat. The prize will be wine dinners at your house.
Tickets are limited and will sell out. Visit any Ralph's Market or the Houmas House gift shop to purchase your tickets.
In the event of rain, the event will be moved inside.

New to The Turtle Bar

We are excited to announce a new whiskey to our extensive collection in The Turtle Bar.  Dalmore Whiskey has been regarded as one of the finest scotch whiskys made today. With only one bottle in the state of Louisiana, this rare find will certainly be a treat to all whiskey connoisseurs.
Made in one of the most iconic whisky distilleries in Scotland, The Dalmore has long been at the forefront of innovation in the whisky industry with their experiments of wine casks maturation.
This particular bottle has been aged for 25 years and in 5 different casks.

Stay Connected with Houmas House

There are so many ways to visit and stay connected with Houmas House!  We offer several options for tours and easy links to book tickets online are right here:

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Open Daily

9 :00 AM- 7:00 PM Daily
Cafe Burnside: 11AM-2PM daily
Latil's Landing: Wed-Sat 6:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11AM-3PM
The Carriage House Restaurant:
    Breakfast- 8AM-10AM
    Dinner- 5PM-8:30PM

*Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day


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