Winter Quarters State Historic Site

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Winter Quarters
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Front of Winter Quarters
Winter Quarters State Historic Site is located in Louisiana
Winter Quarters State Historic Site
Winter Quarters State Historic Site is located in the US
Winter Quarters State Historic Site
Nearest city Newellton, Louisiana
Coordinates 32°0′46.368″N 91°10′33.96″W / 32.01288000°N 91.1761000°W / 32.01288000; -91.1761000Coordinates: 32°0′46.368″N 91°10′33.96″W / 32.01288000°N 91.1761000°W / 32.01288000; -91.1761000
Area 7 acres (2.8 ha) [2]
Built 1803
NRHP reference # 78001437[1]
Added to NRHP November 21, 1978

Winter Quarters in Tensas Parish, Louisiana, United States, is a surviving example of an antebellum cotton plantation. It is located south of Newellton on Lake St. Joseph, an ox-bow lake, or former bend in the Mississippi River.


The main plantation house began as a hunting lodge in 1805 but was soon enlarged and became a residence. Before the Vicksburg Campaign of 1863 during the American Civil War, there were fifteen plantations along Lake St. Joseph. However, Union troops destroyed all of them except Winter Quarters, where the soldiers were housed during the winter of 1862-1863. The plantation belonged to Haller Nutt, a planter who was pro-Union.[3] As a result, General Ulysses S. Grant ensured the plantation would be not be damaged.[3]

Wade A. Netterville (1876-1936),[4] brother of the plantation manager J. H. Netterville of Newellton, managed the store at Winter Quarters in the early years of the 20th century, employed in that capacity by the then plantation owner Dr. J. M. Gillespie. Netterville then ran the store at Panola Plantation prior to becoming the manager for two years of the Wyoming Plantation. He subsequently assumed the management of the 1,000-acre Panda Plantation near the parish seat of government in St. Joseph.[5]

During the 1950s, the James and Bea Doyle family lived at Winter Quarters. Their daughter, Barbara Sue Doyle Hage (1949-2016), was the 1962 March of Dimes poster child and at the time of her death at the age of sixty-six the oldest known survivor of spina bifida. Barbara Hage graduated in 1968 from Newellton High School and worked for a quarter century for the Louisiana State University Extension Service in St. Joseph. She was also a church pianist and vocalist, seamstress, and gardener. She and her husband, David C. Hage, had a daughter and two grandsons.[6]

In 1978, Winter Quarters was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and was previously open for public tours.

The site was critically damaged in a tornado on April 4, 2011. As of February 2016, the site remains closed indefinitely and the State of Louisiana currently has no plans or a set date on reopening the site for public use.[7]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Wertz, Jay (1997). Smithsonian's great battles and battlefields of the Civil War. William Morrow & Co. p. 316. ISBN 978-0-688-17024-0. 
  3. ^ a b "The Haller Nutt Claim. The Findings of the Court Reported to Congress". The Evening Times. Washington, D.C. December 20, 1899. p. 4. Retrieved December 28, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Wade A. Netterville, with photo of gravestone". findagrave. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Henry E. Chambers, Chicago: A History of Louisiana, 1925), p. 372
  6. ^ "Barbara Sue Doyle Hage". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Winter Quarters State Historic Site, closure notice at top of page". Retrieved February 1, 2016. 

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