Southdown Plantation House/Terrebonne Museum

Southdown Plantation House/Terrebonne Museum


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Southdown Plantation House is a 19th-century sugar manor house and home to the Terrebonne Museum of history, culture, and arts. We offer tours of the house and worker's cabin settled on four beautiful acres.
Southdown Plantation House is a lasting tribute to the sugar industry which helped to nurture Terrebonne Parish from its infancy to its present population of over 100,000 residents. Four generations of the Minor Family, along with hundreds of mill workers, fieldworkers, and their families, lived and labored at Southdown Plantation. The Minor Family occupied Southdown House until 1936. Over the years, the plantation owners, managers, and workers helped launch the local sugar industry, sustained it through difficult years, witnessed the cultural enrichment and progress of its boom times, and revitalized the industry from near-fatal crop disease.
Original 19th-century Minor Family Furnishings
Memories of Terrebonne 1890-1945: Oral History, Photograph, and Artifact Collection
Mardi Gras in Houma
Southdown Plantation and the Sugarcane Industry
Native Peoples of Louisiana
Hand-made baskets, dolls, woodcarvings, and other local crafts
Collected works of Terrebonne artist Charles Gilbert
Library and Literary Collection of local author Dr. T. I. ''Thad'' St. Martin
Boehm and Doughty porcelain birds and flowers
Re-creation of the Washington, D.C. office of Allen J. Ellender, U.S. Senator 1937-1972
Restored Plantation Worker's Cabin (circa 1885)
Changing art gallery shows & other temporary, loaned, or traveling exhibits
Worker's Cabin from Hollywood Plantation


Weddings at Southdown Plantation
Minor Family graves at Magnolia Cemetery
Weddings at Southdown Plantation's Buquet Pavilion
Members of the Minor Family sit on the porch
Semi-annual Southdown Marketplace Arts and Crafts Festival
Weddings at Southdown Plantation's Buquet Pavilion
Weddings at Southdown Plantation's Buquet Pavilion
Weddings at Southdown Plantation
Southdown Plantation in the 1890's
Southdown Plantation
Original 1-Story Structure at Southdown Plantation