It's no secret the architecture of this regal estate attracts many of our visitors. Instagram and Facebook are flooded with images of the white columns and grand veranda.
But this estate has a much deeper story to tell once you walk beyond the columns and into the mansion.
The Houmas House story began when French Explorers discovered the friendly Houmas Indian Tribe around 1774 and eventually traded the land for valuable goods like clothes, copper, weapons, and pots pans.
A succession of owners of French, Irish and English descent all came to America to explore the lower Mississippi River region and each one left their legacy on The Houmas Plantation. Through journal entries, letters, artwork, photographs and archives, we have pieced together the evolution of Houmas House. Sharing these stories with you and keeping our history alive has been the mission of this estate since the 1980's when it was the most visited destination on the Great River Road.
So when visiting this estate and plantations along The Great River Road, remember they are more than iconic images used in ads, and they are more than stately homes the wealthy built to boast their good fortune and they are more than a photo op to post on social media. These homes are time capsules. They are history lessons. They are reminders of how our region evolved over the last 200 years.
Go beyond the columns.