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St. Joseph Plantation, LA
St. Joseph Plantation, LA




St. Joseph Plantation, LA

Circa 1830, St. Joseph Plantation, has been family owned since 1877, and is one of the few fully intact sugar cane plantations in the River Parishes.  Composed of 2500 acres (including our “sister” plantation, Felicité), our property stretches back from the Mississippi River as far as the eye can see.
  
You will find many tours are guided by family members themselves.  Take a walk through time as you enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the lives of interesting people who have called this plantation, "Home." 
 

St. Joseph Plantation, LA
St. Joseph Plantation, LA
This plantation is the birthplace of H. H. Richardson, one of America's most important architects of the 19th century.
 
The maison principale was acquired by a French doctor, who was hired to care for the masters, their families, and slaves.
 
Josephine Aime, daughter of Valcour Aime, "The Louis XIV of Louisiana", married Alexis Ferry, and purchased the plantation in 1858.  Learn about their lavish lifestyle that existed prior to the Civil War.
 
In 1877, Joseph Waguespack, son of a German immigrant, purchased the plantation home and 1,200 acres for the sum of $25,000.  Naming the plantation after his patron saint, he also continued as a sugar cane planter, and raised a working family.  It is from Joseph, that over 135 years later, his direct descendants continue to own and operate St. Joseph Plantation.
 
The lives of these families through the years were deeply intertwined with neighboring plantations, Oak Alley, Laura, "Le Petit Versailles", and still to this day, Felicité.
 
St. Joseph Plantation, LA
St. Joseph Plantation, LA
Learn about the sugar cane industry in South Louisiana from 1795, when sugar was first produced on a commercial scale and considered white gold.  View the renovated slave cabins as well as Creole cottages, detached kitchen, barns, chicken coops, blacksmith shop, carpenter shop and other dependencies necessary to sustain life during these early years.
 
Tireless volunteers, some, cousins as distant as the fourth degree, have come together to once again breathe new life into this beautiful house.  Other plantation’s talk about the antebellum history, but their timelines stop there.  Our family takes pride in continuing to preserve our heritage of over 135 years.
 
To complete your experience, St. Joseph Plantation gift shop offers many items created by Louisiana artist, and craftsmen.


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St. Joseph Plantation
3535 Hwy 18
Vacherie, LA 70090
225-265-4078

Email: stjoe@stjosephplantation.com
Website: www.stjosephplantation.com
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