Sugar Row Plantations
Grand old estates, rich in history
Sugarcane cultivation brought wealth to planters here along Bayou Black and present-day highway 311. A handful of mansions remain standing, flanked by majestic trees. The Sugar Row Plantations thrived during the decades following the end of slavery.
Each plantation operated like a working town with sugar houses, company stores, outbuildings, gardens, and rows of workers' cabins- all surrounded by sugarcane fields as far as the eye could see. Mansions fronted the bayou.
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Southdown Plantation's mansion stands south of here in Houma, and features museum exhibits and historically furnished rooms. A guided tour of the mansion (built c. 1859) reveals how the sugar industry shaped the history of Terrebonne Parish.
Note behind you highway LA 311, and behind that, Little Bayou Black. The field to your right remains an active sugarcane field.
Ardoyne Plantation's workers could redeem these tokens only at the company store, which is now an antique shop known as The Old Green Store, just south of here.
The estate in front of you is Ardoyne Plantation built c. 1894. For six generations it has been owned by the Shaffer family - who still live here. Ardoyne's Victorian gothic - style interior features a hand painted staircase, period furnishings, and family heirlooms. Tours are available.
Crescent Farm, built by William Shaffer in 1849, is located three miles south on 311. The plantation produced sugar until the 1920s. Not open to the public.
Location. 29° 39.028′ N, 90° 49.127′ W. Marker is in Schriever, Louisiana, in Terrebonne Parish. Marker is on State Highway 311 north of Ardoyne Plantation Court, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2678 LA-311, Schriever LA 70395, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mysteries of the Wetlands (approx. 2.7 miles away); Isles Dernieres (approx. 2.7 miles away); Tomb Of Henry Schuyler Thibodaux (approx. 3 miles away); Orange Grove (approx. 4.1 miles away); Old Cattle Trail (approx. 6.6 miles away); 1834-1934 (approx. 6.9 miles away); Terrebonne Parish Courthouse Square Oaks (approx. 6.9 miles away); New Acadia / Nouvelle Acadie (approx. 6.9 miles away).
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Ardoyne Plantation
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2018.