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A Step Back in Time at Nottoway Plantation

Nottoway Plantation is an antebellum mansion located in White Castle, Louisiana.  Construction on Nottoway started in the1850’s and not completed until 1859.  It is currently the largest antebellum in the State of Louisiana.  Nottoway Plantation is open daily for tours, has accommodations for overnight guests, meeting space and is a popular destination for weddings, either indoors or outdoors.

Back in the day, Nottoway Plantation, which sits on the other side of the levee and facing the Mississippi River, was a sugarcane Plantation.  Sugarcane was a popular and profitable crop in Louisiana in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Many farmers still grow the crop today to be sent to sugarcane mills to be made into cane sugar.  Rum is also produced from sugarcane.  John Randolph, the owner of Nottoway, had a dream to build the most magnificent mansion on the Mississippi River that could be seen by boats traveling on the river or by horse and buggy on River Road. His dream came true and holds true to this day and time.

The plantation and antebellum home is huge and covers 31acres of land.  The estate currently has a front desk/gift shop where guests are welcomed and/or checked in for overnight accommodations.  Guests can purchase tickets for tours here and shop for gifts.  There is an office for Nottoway employees to carry on business, a cafe, a full scale restaurant, cottages, a Grand Pavilion, a Ballroom, Hair and Nail Salon, Overseer’s Cottage, Cypress Ballroom, Bridal Salon, a Bridal Suite, and the family graveyard of years past.  Entertainment for staying guests include a fitness center, lounge, a swimming pool, a nd tennis courts.  There are 40 rooms total at Nottoway for overnight guests.

The main house is huge, contains a Rotunda and a whole wing just for the boys of the family.  The grounds are beautiful and contains numerous old oak trees and magnolia trees that provide lots of shade.  The grounds are also noted for the landscaping.  You will enjoy the native plants of Louisiana such as azaleas and other flora and fauna.

Photo Credit:  ©Karen Gros

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