Whitney Plantation Historic District

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Whitney Plantation
Whitney Plantation Historic District is located in Louisiana
Whitney Plantation Historic District
Nearest city Wallace, Louisiana
Coordinates 30°2′21″N 90°39′2″W / 30.03917°N 90.65056°W / 30.03917; -90.65056Coordinates: 30°2′21″N 90°39′2″W / 30.03917°N 90.65056°W / 30.03917; -90.65056
Built 1803
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Other, Federal
Governing body Private
MPS Louisiana's French Creole Architecture MPS
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP November 24, 1992

Whitney Plantation is a museum devoted to the history of slavery in the U.S. south that is preserved in Whitney Plantation Historic District near Wallace, Louisiana, in St. John the Baptist Parish.

The museum was opened on the grounds of the plantation in December 2014. It was founded by John Cummings, a trial attorney from New Orleans.[2]

The French Creole raised-style main house built in 1803 is the most important architectural example in the state. In addition, the plantation has numerous extant outbuildings: a pigeonnier, a plantation store, the only surviving French Creole barn in Louisiana, and slave quarters.[3] The complex includes three archaeological sites which have had varying degrees of exploration. [4]

The 1884 Mialaret House, with its associated buildings and property, were added by later purchase; they help to reflect the long working history of the plantation.[3]

Scenes from the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained" were filmed on and around the plantation.[2]

As the properties are held privately, they are not open to the public. Some of the land is still planted in sugar cane.

The historic district was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Whitney Plantation is also one of 26 sites featured on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b Kaminsky, Jonathan (17 January 2015), "Harsh world of slavery focus of Louisiana plantation museum", Reuters, accessed 2015-01-19
  3. ^ a b "Whitney Plantation Historic District", Southeastern Louisiana, Travel Itinerary, National Park Service, accessed 15 Jul 2008
  4. ^ Nomination, "Whitney Plantation Historic District", Louisiana Office of Historic Preservation, accessed 15 Jul 2008

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