Madewood Plantation House

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Madewood Plantation House
Madewood house.jpg
Front of the house
Madewood Plantation House is located in Louisiana
Madewood Plantation House
Location On Madewood Road, about 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast of Napoleonville
Coordinates 29°55′37″N 90°59′40″W / 29.927°N 90.99444°W / 29.927; -90.99444Coordinates: 29°55′37″N 90°59′40″W / 29.927°N 90.99444°W / 29.927; -90.99444
Area 18 acres (7.3 ha) (landmarked area)
10,000 acres (4,000 ha) (maximum plantation size)
Built 1846
Architect Henry Howard
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP reference # 73000860[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 30, 1973
Designated NHL May 4, 1983[2]

Madewood Plantation House, also known as Madewood, is a former sugarcane plantation house on Bayou Lafourche, near Napoleonville, Louisiana. It is located approximately two miles east of Napoleonville on Louisiana Highway 308. A National Historic Landmark, the 1846 house is architecturally significant as the first major work of Henry Howard, and as one of the finest Greek Revival plantation houses in the American South.[2][3]


The Madewood Plantation House is located on the northern bank of Bayou Lafourche, on manicured grounds separated from the bayou by Highway 308. It is a two story masonry structure, built with massive brick walls that have been finished with stucco scored to resemble stone blocks. Its five-bay facade is fronted by a six-column Greek Revival temple front, that has Ionic columns rising to a broad entablature and fully pedimented gable with a half-round louver at the center. The second-level gallery has a delicate carved balustrade. The main block is flanked on the right by a rectangular ell, and the left by an L-shaped one that extends beyond the rear of the main block. The interior exhibits high quality woodwork, mostly cypress, with some of it painted to resemble other materials, such as marble, oak, and other exotic woods.[3]


Historical marker at Madewood

The mansion was built for the Colonel Thomas Pugh in 1846[4] and was designed by architect Henry Howard in Greek Revival style.[5] The house was originally the manor house for a 10,000-acre (4,000 ha) sugar plantation.[2][6][7]

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.[8] Thomas Pugh died of yellow fever in 1852.[5][7] During the Civil War, the lawns were used by Union troops as a hospital.[5]

The Madewood house was purchased by Harold Marshall in 1964 and underwent major restoration that was completed in 1978.[4] It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1983.[2][3]

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

In popular culture[edit]

The plantation has been featured in several film and television productions, including A Woman Called Moses, Sister, Sister, and the 2017 Sofia Coppola version of The Beguiled. [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.

Portions of Beyonce's visual album Lemonade were also filmed at the location.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Madewood Plantation House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ a b c 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. (1.90 MB)
  4. ^ a b "Explore the History and Culture of Southeastern Louisiana". National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "Madewood Plantation House Historical Marker". 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ a b Louisiana B&B Listing Archived 2007-02-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Making 'Lemonade:' Beyonce filmed mega video at Madewood Plantation house". Retrieved 2016-04-29. 

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