For over 250 years, The Houmas Estate has seen the ever-evolving landscape change from natural swamp land, to rural farm land, to a neatly manicured lawn with gardens. Reviving the mansion and expanding the gardens is just the beginning to the restorations of this property. Once stripped of its ornate moldings and bold colors, the historic estate is once again the Crown Jewel of the Great River Road.
In her heyday, 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 its stately Greek Revival architecture, wrap-around porches, and original outbuildings.
With the addition of formal gardens, an extensive gift shop, restaurants and an inn, guests may now spend more than a day exploring and immersing in themselves in the antebellum era.
Although the restaurant has garnered much attention, the mansion tours are still the main reason to visit Houmas House. Here, guests learn about the success and perils this sugarcane farm have experienced since 1775. Room after room displays both original and period antiques and artwork, giving visitors a glimpse into the past and what life on a plantation was like.
Once a thriving working sugar cane plantation, Houmas House is now a true destination not to be missed.