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Madewood Plantation in Louisiana

Maidwood Plantation - the former possession of a sugar cane producer near Napoleonville, Louisiana. This is a national historical monument, one of the best plantations in the style of the Greek Renaissance in the American South.

Photo of a House at the Madewood Wood Plantation in Louisiana - American ButlerMadewood Plantation Description

The plantation is located on the northern shore of the Gulf of Lafurs, on a well-groomed area, separated from the bay by a highway. Built in 1840–48, Madewood Plantation House reflects the aspirations of its original owner, Colonel Thomas Pugh, a member of a well-known and wealthy Louisiana family. Maidwood is one of the most prominent examples of Greek architecture.

The house is built of bricks made on the plantation, while the exterior is covered with stucco, imitating brick blocks and painted white. Six corrugated Ionic columns rise to two floors, while the central part preserves the character of a Greek temple. The facade is completed by two single-storey outbuildings, echoing the predominant elements of the main house.

The interior consists of 23 rooms with hearty pine floors, door frames and cypress stucco painted in oak. Each door is signed by the artist, Hennessy Cornelius. In other places, woodwork, including cypress fireplaces, were painted in marble or exotic woods.

Today, the plantation area includes the main house and kitchen, a family cemetery and slave houses.

Story

The mansion was built for Colonel Thomas Pugh in 1848. Design and construction lasted eight years.

Madewood Plantation, Louisiana - photo of the house inside - American ButlerDesigned by his architect Henry Howard in the style of the Greek Renaissance. The house boasts 23 rooms, a main central staircase and an adjoining kitchen.

I used the plantation for four years, after which I died at the age of 56 from yellow fever. Some sources indicate that at the time of his death the house was not fully completed yet. Then the plantation passed to his widow, Eliza, along with the land holdings, tools, crops, and, yes, the slaves. During the Civil War, the plantation was used by the troops of the Union as a hospital.

In 1964, the house was bought by Harold Marshall and carried out a major overhaul, which was completed only in 1978. In 1983, the plantation was declared a national historical monument.

Today it works as a tourist attraction. The plantation has been featured in several films and television productions, including The Woman Moses, Sister, Sister and Sofia Coppola's Fatal Temptation. A part of the Beyonce Lemonade visual album was also shot on this site.

The Harold Marshall family acquired the property in 1964 and carried out a major restoration of the house, which was completed in 1978. The property is currently owned by their sons, but is open to the public daily and is the center of the annual festival of arts and other cultural events.

Additional Information
Address 4250 LA-308, Napoleonville, LA 70390
Phone + 1-985-369-7151
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