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  • LSU Rural Life MuseumLSU Rural Life Museum Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    The LSU Rural Life Museum is the museum of Louisiana history that is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on a 40 acre agricultural research experiment station called Burden Plantation. The state has a very diverse cultural history, with natives of Spanish, African, French, Native American, Anglo American, Acadian and German heritage; that have helped the region grow into the marvelous city and state it is today. The museum is separated into three sections; the barn containing many relics from the 19th century that were used in the every day life of people in the rural areas of the state that includes a huge collection of tools, furnishings, utensils and farming equipment; the working plantation that was created to copy the lifestyles of the 19th century that contains authentic furnishings and daily activities; included in the complex are a kitchen, slave cabins, commissary, schoolhouse, overseer's house, sugar house, grist mill and blacksmith shop; and the Louisiana Folk Architecture displays numerous structures that reflect the early settlers and their construction techniques; which include a pioneers cabin, Acadian house, dogtrot house, country church, shotgun house and Carolina cabin. There are some marvelous gardens there called Windrush and a gift shop that sells wonderful items that are related to the period and the crafts these settlers created at home. The museum has great articles, exhibits and information for those that are interested or need to learn more about the early rural people of Louisiana, and has a fantastic website that will help in many instances. The history online sections include the Burden Family and the LSU Rural Life Museum, Origins of Windrush, John Burden, the commissary, flat boats, the kitchen garden and so much more. The section marked the kitchen garden opened up another window that had the heading Plantation Kitchen Garden, with an introduction and history, then the design and layout of the garden and finally garden aids.

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  • The Old Governor's MansionThe Old Governor's Mansion Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    The old Governor's mansion was constructed in 1929, by "Kingfish" Huey P. Long that served nine state governors from 1930 until 1963, and this list included Earl K. Long and the singing governor Jimmie Davis. The mansion is a historical house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has become an excellent venue to hold special events and is the headquarters of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana. As you enter the spacious mansion, the first thing that draws your attention are the huge wooden doors that lead you into the foyer where the spectacular marble staircase will blow you away, and the terrazzo flooring that seems to stretch out into the home. They say that during the renovation of this beautiful but extravagant mansion, about 60 coats of paint were removed from the walls in order to find the score marks that showed where the plaster had been applied, and then painted to appear as if they were stones. In the east room, or east ballroom that was used to entertain visiting dignitaries and was where Governor Earl Long was sworn in after Richard Leche resigned. The terrazzo flooring runs in here, where huge pier mirrors and crystal chandeliers hang and is referred to as the jewel of the mansion. The state dining room is filled with hand-blocked wallpaper that was titled Vues d'Americque du Nord or Scenic America, first printed in 1834, and designed by the Jean Zuber et Cie Wallpaper Company of Alsace-Lorainne, France. This magnificent wallpaper also lines the walls of the Diplomatic Reception room of the White House, when First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy wanted it put up in the 1960s. There are in fact, many similarities between this mansion and the White House. The library had been part of Governor Leche's offices and he had a door cut into the east wall to make it easier to access. On the west wall, he had a big fireplace and cypress mantle put up with dark wood paneling covering every other inch of the walls.

January 11, 2011