Winter Quarters State Historic Site

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Winter Quarters
Winter Quarters, Photo 2 IMG 1260.JPG
Front of Winter Quarters
Winter Quarters State Historic Site is located in Louisiana
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
Governing body State
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 home 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.

Wade A. Netterville (1876-1936),[3] 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.[4]

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


  1. ^ Staff (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. ^ "Wade A. Netterville, with photo of gravestone". findagrave. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Henry E. Chambers, Chicago: A History of Louisiana, 1925), p. 372

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