Kent Plantation House Alexandria
Where are we going today?
Have you ever wanted to step back in time over 200 years, to see what life in Louisiana was really like? Lucky you - you can!
The Kent House Plantation is a fascinating museum which is located in one of the oldest standing structures in the entire state of Louisiana. It's a great cultural experience for kids, where they can learn all about the Spanish, French and American cultures that influenced Louisiana.
Did you know that the house is actually on original land that was part of a grant from the King of Spain to Pierre Baillio II, and was actually built in 1796? There's an amazing history waiting to be experienced!
The aim of the museum is to preserve and promote, as well as educate, on the culture of Louisiana between 1875 and 1855. It also preserved the homestead of a successful Creole family who would have been typical of a Louisiana colonial era working plantation - so get ready to time travel!
The Kent House Plantation offers families fascinating guided tours through the home's six rooms. It's typical of colonial construction, with brick pillars raising it off the ground, and even moss and animal hair used in it's walls. Can you imagine!
Stroll through the master bedroom, and take a tour through the ladies parlor. The girls and boys bedroom is always interesting for the kids - how different is it to the bedrooms of kids of today?!
The tours don't stop in the house either. You can take a tour of the grounds, and explore the barn, carriage house, sugar mill, and even the cemetery.
You can even see what it would have been like for a blacksmith or a slave. A fascinating and eye opening experience for the whole family!
How much does it cost?
- Children$3 (Ages 6 - 12)
- Free Under: 6 years
When can we go?
9am - 5pm
Monday to Saturday, all year round
There are group tours available so if you want to bring the students, just give them a call and see what they can arrange with you! .
Any Top Tips?
Guided tours happen on the hour, from 9am to 3pm..
Doing our bit
The museum are really true to what the plantation would have been like all those years ago, and they want to make sure they are educating everyone on this fascinating history, and preserving the traditions and stories. .
Need a little extra help?
Give the museum before you get there if you have any mobility disabilities to check the access .
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop in a restored slave cabin, and offers a variety of items for everyone - from doll quilts, pew dolls and candles! .