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Houmas House Review

Surrounded by majestic 200-year-old oaks, Houmas House is an image of the classic Louisiana plantation house—grand white pillars and all. But it's actually two buildings of quite different styles joined together. In 1770 Alexander Latil built the smaller rear house in the French–Spanish Creole style that was becoming popular in New Orleans. The Greek Revival mansion was added to the grounds in 1828 by Wade Hampton, who eventually connected the two structures with an arched carriageway.

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  • Address: 40136 Hwy. 942, ½ mi off Rte. 44 Darrow, LA 70725 | Map It
  • Phone: 225/473–7841; 225/473–9380
  • Cost: Guided home and garden tour $20, self-guided garden tour $10
  • Hours: Mon. and Tues. 9–5, Wed.–Sun. 9–8
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  • Location: The Great River Road
Updated: 05-07-2013

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