Felicity Plantation

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The plantation house in 2010

Felicity Plantation is a historic sugarcane plantation on the banks of the Mississippi River in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is located along Louisiana Highway 18 in Vacherie, St. James Parish. Felicity is a sister plantation to St. Joseph Plantation,[1] and was built around 1846 (or 1850)[2] by Valcour Aime as a wedding gift to his daughter, Felicite Emma, and her spouse, Septime Fortier,[3] who was also her cousin.[4] Acquired by a bank in 1873,[4] the plantation was purchased by Saturnine Waguespack in 1890, who merged it with the St. Joseph Plantation to form the St. Joseph Plantation and Manufacturing Company.[3] The house still remains in the Waguespack family.[3]


The antebellum plantation house has elements of French Colonial and Anglo-American styles.[4] It is characterized by its wide hallways and high-ceilinged rooms, while featuring a carved cypress balustrade.[4] Several of the rooms contain red Italian marble mantlepieces.[3] Six wooden pillars are large in size and square in shape.[2] The house was damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has since been restored.


The grounds still contain an original barn and slave quarters houses.[4]

In film[edit]

Several films have used the plantation as a location, including The Skeleton Key (2005) and 12 Years a Slave (2013), along with Season One of the WGN television series, Underground.


  1. ^ "Welcome to St. Joseph Plantation". Stjosephplantation.com. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Butler, Anne (15 April 2009). The Pelican Guide to Plantation Homes of Louisiana. Pelican Publishing. pp. 48–. ISBN 978-1-58980-709-9.
  3. ^ a b c d The Majesty of the River Road. Pelican Publishing. November 2007. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-4556-0825-6.
  4. ^ a b c d e Sternberg, Mary Ann (2013). Along the River Road: Past and Present on Louisiana's Historic Byway. Louisiana State University Press. pp. 282–. ISBN 978-0-8071-5062-7.

Coordinates: 30°00′20″N 90°45′55″W / 30.00545°N 90.76534°W / 30.00545; -90.76534