“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Port Allen in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Poplar Grove Plantation

Poplar Grove Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
January 1, 2016
1. Poplar Grove Plantation Marker
(side A)
The principal residence at Poplar Grove was built as the Banker's Pavilion at the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition 1884-85 in New Orleans. The Victorian structure designed by architect Thomas Sully incorporated oriental motifs popular during the Aesthetic Movement period. The pavilion was moved by barge to Poplar Grove in 1886 and was the home of sugar planter Horace Wilkinson, prominent business and civic leader.
National Register of Historic Places
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(side B)
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James McCalop established Poplar Grove as a sugar plantation in the 1820s by combining several smaller tracts of land. Joseph L. Harris acquired Poplar Grove in 1885. Horace Wilkinson managed the plantation for Harris and purchased Poplar Grove in 1903. Originally 1,438 acres, the plantation was a thriving agricultural operation with its own sugar mill, workers' quarter, church, railroad, mule and hay barns, corn crib, and commissary. The mill, which produced raw sugar and molasses, operated until 1973.
Erected 2012 by West Baton Rouge Historical Association.
Location. 30° 29.601′ N, 91° 
Poplar Grove Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
January 1, 2016
2. Poplar Grove Plantation Marker
12.232′ W. Marker is in Port Allen, Louisiana, in West Baton Rouge Parish. Marker is on River Road (State Highway 986) one mile south of U.S. 190, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3142 River Road, Port Allen LA 70767, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sunrise (approx. 1.1 miles away); James "Slim Harpo" Moore (approx. 1.6 miles away); Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (approx. 1.9 miles away); Southern University (approx. 2 miles away); Mississippi River (approx. 2 miles away); Scott's Bluff (approx. 2 miles away); Port Allen High School (1936-1978) / Port Allen Middle School (1979-Present) (approx. 2.1 miles away); Gear from Cinclare Mill (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Allen.
Also see . . .
1. Poplar Grove Plantation. (Submitted on January 10, 2016.)
2. Poplar Grove Plantation House. National Park Service (Submitted on January 10, 2016.) 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
Poplar Grove Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
January 1, 2016
3. Poplar Grove Plantation Marker
Poplar Grove Plantation image. Click for full size.
January 1, 2016
4. Poplar Grove Plantation
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2016. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 8, 2016. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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