October 2014 

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


If Our Walls Could Speak


In 1682 French explorers discovered the "Oumas" Village along the Mississippi River. As documented in a journal, the Oumas Tribe was "the bravest of all the savages. As soon as they saw us, they were struck with astonishment mixed with respect, which disarmed their ferocity, and which obligated them to promise perfect submission."  

By 1709, the Houmas Indians resettled in the Southern portion of Ascension Parish which consisted of several villages- The "Petit Oumas" and the "Grand Oumas".  In 1774 the Houmas Lands were sold to Alexander Latil and Maurice Conway.  In exchange for the land, the Houmas Indians received goods such as copper pots, pistols, powder, knives, sugar, salt and mirrors valued at $150.00. It is on this land that Houmas House Plantation was established and built to the grand estate it is today.

In honor of our history and name of the plantation we display this antique statue of a Houmas Indian. Standing four feet high, it is a constant reminder of the humble beginnings of Houmas House. 


 Did You See a Ghost?
As Seen by Queen Grace
Plantation homes often tell the stories of grand balls and lavish parties on the front lawn.  Women in  hoop skirts and chivalrous gentlemen sitting under mossy oaks sipping mint juleps and watching the steamboats pass along the Mighty Mississippi River are often the scene in these stories. But sometimes there are ghost stories too. I have lived in the Sugar Palace for over 10 years now, and I have a few stories of my own. But here's one of my favorite.

When Houmas House was undergoing a renovation in 2003, construction crews reported seeing a young girl with dark eyes and a blue dress descending the stairway.  A cursory check of the legion of workers who came and went each day produced no identity for the little girl, or any claim to her.
In the excitement of bringing the house back on line to the public, the mystery of the little girl was set aside, out of mind for those at the house every day welcoming visitors, guiding guests and maintaining the house and gardens.


Amid the hustle and bustle, there's another visitor in the hallway, and on the stairs, according to tour guides and guests who have seen the little girl...in the blue dress...with the dark eyes and brown hair. She is usually sighted in the morning or later in the afternoon. She seems curious about all the activity and all the people, but disappears when approached.


There is evidence in the history of the house to suggest her identity.



Queen Grace 



 Secrets from Latil's Landing 

Bisque of Curried Pumpkin, Crawfish and Corn




Yields 12 6oz. servings


1 Cup olive oil

2 cups chopped onions

1 cup chopped bell peppers

1cup chopped celery

� cup chopped garlic

1 cup flour

1 cup Steen's cane syrup

� cup curry powder

2 quarts crawfish stock

1 14 oz. can of unsweetened pumpkin

2 cups fresh corn kernels

1 lb. peeled Louisiana crawfish tails

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste


             In a large pot heat olive oil over medium high heat, add onions, bell peppers, celery and garlic. Cook until translucent or for 10 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Then, stir in cane syrup, curry powder, crawfish stock, corn kernels and Louisiana crawfish tails. Whisk in can pumpkin and bring soup to a boil, then swimmer for 30 minutes. Add heavy whipping cream and season soup with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy.  



Thanksgiving at Houmas House



Every year Houmas House Plantation celebrates Thanksgiving with a succulent feast fit for a king..or a Sugar Baron.  This year will be no different!  Complete with everything you would expect--- Roasted Breast of Duck with Praline Sauce, Sliced Ham with Cane Syrup Glaze, and Grits and Veal Grillades just to name a few.  Reservations are filled early, so make yours soon by calling 225-473-9380.


View the Menu Here






The Perfect Gift


It's that time of year to start planning what to give your friends and family for Christmas. Don't give another sweater that will live on a shelf all year.  Why not give an experience that they will remember for a lifetime?  Gift certificates are available for a night at the Inn at Houmas House.  The room includes Mansion tours and a gourmet breakfast in the new Carriage House Restaurant. Gift Certificates can be purchased through our gift shop. 


Houmas House Gift Shop



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 Open  Daily      


Sunday-Saturday: 9 am-7 pm

Cafe Burnside: 11 am-2 pm daily

Latil's Landing: Wed-Sat 6 pm-9 pm

Sunday Brunch: 11 am-3 pm

The Carriage House Restaurant:

    Breakfast- 8 am-10 am

    Afternoon Tea- 2 pm- 4:30 pm

    Dinner- 5 pm- 9 pm


 Directions to Houmas House Here


** Please note- we will be closed to the public on November 14-15, 2014 for a private event. Our inn, restaurants, and mansion will resume regular hours on November 16, 2014.