New Orleans December 15, 2017
Why You Need To Visit One Of The Most Unique Plantations Near New Orleans
Greater River Road is dotted with several plantations you can visit and learn the histories of. While every plantation has their own story, none are as unique as the San Francisco Plantation. Let’s take a look at the history of this unique plantation and how it got its name.
Elisee Rillieux began buying plots of land in 1827 to start a sugar plantation. He never intended to run the plantation himself. His plan was to just get it built and ready to go and then sell it.
Three years later, he sold the plantation to Edmond Marmillion and Eugene Lartigue, who began establishing the sugar plantation.
In 1853, Edmond began building the plantation home that exists today.
Construction took two years, and after it was build Edmond hired the most skilled artists to decorate the interior including hand painted ceilings, door panels, and faux marbling.
Less than one year after the home’s completion, Edmond passed away.
After his death, Edmond’s oldest son Valsin ran the plantation for the next fifteen years.
By now you’re probably wondering how the planation got its unusual name.
Well, when Valsin took over his father’s estate, he was faced with an extraordinary amount of debt. The plantation’s name is believed to have come from a comment Valsin made about the debt—he said it was sans fruscins which means "without a penny in my pocket." The name evolved into St. Frusquin, and in 1879 it was changed to San Francisco by then owner Achille D. Bougere.
You can tour this lovely plantation seven days a week.
The gates open at 9:30am and the last tour is at 4pm, with tours every twenty minutes. Tours last about 45 minutes and will guide you through each of the 14 rooms inside the plantation and along the grounds.
The San Francisco Plantation is located at 2646 Highway 44, Garyville, Louisiana 70051. Have you ever been? Let us know in the comments below.