Slave purchases represented large monetary investments for plantation owners. Returns on investments were possible only when the slaves were healthy and able to perform their duties. Most planters arranged for a doctor to tend to the sick on a regular basis as well as emergencies.
Many plantations were equipped with a slave hospital or "sick house," which in most instances consisted of at least two rooms, one for examination and another for confinement or "lying in." This building was originally a slave cabin on Welham Plantation in St. James Parish and continued as a residence until the early 1960's. The cabin is now furnished to depict a typical Louisiana plantation hospital.
Donated: L. Keller and Company
Caption: Sick House on museum grounds shortly after its move from Welham Plantation in 1971.
Erected by LSU Rural Life Museum. (Marker Number 17.)
Location. 30° 24.625′ N, 91° 6.92′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Marker can be reached from Essen Lane (State Road 3064) south of Interstate 10, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the LSU Rural Life Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge LA 70808, United States of America.
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Also see . . . LSU Rural Life Museum. (Submitted on December 31, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 31, 2017. 4. submitted on January 1, 2018, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.