Southdown Plantation Tours | A Must See Museum in Houma LA
Journey into the past at Southdown Plantation.
Built in 1858, the 10,000 square foot house features original 19th century furnishings of the William John Minor family, Memories of Terrebonne 1890-1945 photograph and artifact collection, a history of Southdown Sugar Mill and plantation, the collected works of Charles Gilbert and Dr. T.I. St. Martin, 130 piece Boehm and Doughty porcelain collection, a recreation of Senator Allen Ellender's Washington D.C. office, a native peoples of Louisiana artifact collection and history and a fully restored 1885 worker's cabin.
Experience the rich history of the area and times with a fully guided tour of the house and cabin. Peruse the gift shop, which originally housed the slave quarters, the kitchen, laundry and dairy, for unique items, souvenirs and books.
Tours are Tuesday-Saturday starting at 10 am with the last tour of the day at 3 pm.
Become a part of history and visit the house that sugar built.
A Must See Museum in Houma LA
Visit for more info or call 985-851-0154
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In 1814, Zephaniah Kingsley moved to Fort George Island and what is known today as the Kingsley Plantation. He brought a wife and three children (a fourth would be born at Fort George). His wife, Anna Madgigine Jai, was from Senegal, West Africa, and was purchased by Kingsley as a slave. She actively participated in plantation management, acquiring her own land and slaves when freed by Kingsley in 1811.
With an enslaved work force of about 60, the Fort George plantation produced Sea Island cotton, citrus, sugar cane, and corn. Kingsley continued to acquire property in north Florida and eventually possessed more than 32,000 acres, including four major plantation complexes and more than 200 slaves.
The United States purchased Florida from Spain in 1821. The Spanish had relatively liberal policies regarding issues of race, but American territorial law brought many changes. At a time when many slaveholders feared slave rebellions, oppressive laws were enacted and conditions for Florida's black population, free and enslaved, deteriorated. Kingsley was against the restrictive laws, arguing that more humane treatment would ensure peace and the perpetuation of slavery. In 1828, he published his opinions in A Treatise on The Patriarchal, or Co-operative System of Society As It Exists in Some Governments . . . Under the Name of Slavery.
To escape what Kingsley called a spirit of intolerant prejudice, Anna Jai and their sons moved to Haiti in 1837. There, Kingsley established a colony for his family and some of his former slaves. In 1839, Fort George Island was sold to his nephew Kingsley Beatty Gibbs. Zephaniah Kingsley died in New York City in 1843.
Kingsley Plantation symbolizes a time and a place in history. More than that, Kingsley Plantation represents people, free and enslaved, ordinary and extraordinary, and their efforts to survive in a changing land. The stories of these people, often heroic, and their contributions to history can be explored at Kingsley Plantation.
In the early years of the nineteenth century, the population of Spanish Florida was small but diverse. Americans and Europeans came seeking wealth by obtaining land and establishing plantations. The forced labor of enslaved Africans secured that wealth. Those Africans who were freed by their owners or who purchased their own freedom became farmers, tradesmen, or black militiamen who helped protect the colony. On the frontier, away from the settlements and plantations, the Seminole Indians and the Black Seminoles kept an uneasy vigil on the encroaching development of Florida.
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