San Francisco Plantation

Louisiana's most authentically restored 'great house' is the San Francisco Plantation house, sited on the east bank of the Mississippi under centuries-old live oaks, about 40 minutes from downtown Baton Rouge near the small town of Garyville. The galleried house was built by Edmond Bozonier Marmillion in 1856 in what is termed the Creole open-suite style. Inside the house features five hand-painted mural ceilings, faux marble and bois wood graining, and one of the finest antique collections in the United States. Also on the plantation is an 1830s slave cabin, a one-roomed schoolhouse and a museum store. Period-costumed guides take visitors on tours, which last about 45 minutes, throughout the day. Other plantation houses open to the public on the Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge include Oak Alley, Nottoway, Laura, Madewood and Tezcuco.

Address: 2646 Highway 44 (River Road), Garyville

Website: www.sanfranciscoplantation.org

Telephone: (985) 535 2341

Opening times: Daily 9:30am-4:40pm (April to October), 9:30am-4pm (November to March).

Admission: $15 adults, $10 children; concessions available, children under six free.