Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sights to See: Evergreen Plantation, Edgard, Louisiana


Evergreen Plantation  4649 River Rd./Hwy. 18, in EDGARD, (985) 497-3837.  One of the largest and most intact plantation complexes in the South, Evergreen is still a working sugarcane plantation.  It has 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.  Most are antebellum, and 22 rare slave cabins in original double-row configuration are included.  People still live and work here.  As you tour the grounds, don’t miss a stroll through an allée of moss-draped 100- to 200-year-old live oaks.  Historically, indigo was the first crop on this plantation, then came sugar cane and some rice.  Still a private residence, the main house was originally French Creole style, then remodeled to Greek Revival.  No furnishings are original to the house, and currently it is furnished with no particular style.  It was prominently featured in the 2012 movie “Django Unchained,” and parts of the new 2016 version of “Roots,” starring Forest Whitaker, were filmed in the kitchen.  


live oak allee at Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana
live oak allee at Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana

plantation house at Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana
plantation house at Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana

slave cabins at Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana
slave cabins at Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana

gigantic tree at Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana
gigantic tree at Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana

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