Madewood Plantation House

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Madewood Plantation House
Madewood house.jpg
Front of the house
Madewood Plantation House is located in Louisiana
Madewood Plantation House
Nearest city Napoleonville, Louisiana
Coordinates 29°55′33″N 90°59′39″W / 29.92583°N 90.99417°W / 29.92583; -90.99417Coordinates: 29°55′33″N 90°59′39″W / 29.92583°N 90.99417°W / 29.92583; -90.99417
Built 1845
Architect Howard,Henry
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73000860
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 30, 1973[1]
Designated NHL May 4, 1983[2]

Madewood Plantation House, also known as Madewood, is a former sugar plantation manor house and currently a National Historic Landmark on the Bayou Lafourche south of Napoleonville, Louisiana, USA. It is located approximately two miles east of Napoleonville on Louisiana Highway 308.


Historical marker at Madewood

The mansion was built for the Colonel Thomas Pugh between 1800 and 1848[3] and was designed by architect Henry Howard in Greek Revival style.[4] The house was originally the manor house for a 10,000 acre sugar plantation.[2][5][6]

Thomas Pugh was the half brother of William Whitmell Hill Pugh who owned the Woodlawn plantation and Alexander Franklin Pugh who was part owner of the Augustin, Bellevue, Boatner, and New Hope plantations.[7] Thomas Pugh died of yellow fever in 1852.[6][4] During the Civil War, the lawns were used by Union troops as a hospital.[4]

The Madewood house was purchased by Harold Marshall in 1964 and underwent major restoration that was completed in 1978.[3] It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1983.[2][8]

Today it is run as a tourist attraction and a bed and breakfast.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

Madewood was featured in the movies, A Woman Called Moses with Cicely Tyson, and Sister, Sister starring Eric Stoltz and Jennifer Jason Leigh.[9]

In 2007 it was reported to be an intended site of filming for Clinton Kelly's Mind Your Manners for TLC, The Learning Channel.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Madewood Plantation House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Explore the History and Culture of Southeastern Louisiana". National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  4. ^ a b c Anne Butler (2 April 2009). The Pelican Guide to Plantation Homes of Louisiana. Pelican Publishing. pp. 56–. ISBN 978-1-58980-709-9. 
  5. ^ Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "Madewood Plantation House Historical Marker". 
  6. ^ a b Bourgeois, Leslie. "PUGH (THOMAS AND FAMILY) PAPERS" (PDF). Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections Special Collections. Hill Memorial Library Louisiana State University Libraries Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  7. ^ "A Guide to the Pugh Family Papers, 1807-1907". The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin,. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  8. ^ Polly Ann Matherly (March 30, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Madewood Plantation House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying photos, exterior and interior, from 19. PDF (1.90 MB)
  9. ^ a b Louisiana B&B Listing

External links[edit]