Three marvelous old houses will be opened to the public on Saturday, April 13 from 10 am till 3 pm. All three are now operated as bed-and-breakfast inns in Pointe Coupee Parish. The tour is free and open to the public. Maps will be available at each of the four houses and at the Poydras Center in New Roads and the Pointe Coupee Museum
on False River Road near Parlange. The Historical Society
may be contacted for more information at (225) 638-6575.
The Point Coupee Bed and Breakfast
is in the Samson House on Richey Street in New Roads. Owner, Ms. Sam McVea, has been involved in local history and preservation for many years and is a longtime member of the Historical Society. The Samson House, built in the 1830’s, is a Creole house with an unusual and gracious wide center hall. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Gorgeous southern plants and flowers fill Ms. Sam’s gardens and New Orleans style enclosed patios with color and fragrance.
Dreyfus House Bed and Breakfast
stands on the banks of Bayou Grosse Tete in Livonia, next door to Joe Dreyfus Store. Manager Camile Persica says, “Guests tell me the Dreyfus House reminds them of their grandma’s home. Guess that’s why kids call me Grammile.” The house was built about 1850 and sits behind a small embankment that is a remnant of the Fordoche-Grosse Tete levee built in 1876 to protect the house from bayou floods.
The Pourciau House was built in the 1890’s and is a good example of a late Victorian Creole cottage, ornamented in the Eastlake fashion. Owners Jimmy Duckworth and Shelly Ford call their B&B “A Wayfarer’s Retreat”. Their garden is enclosed by hedges of bamboo, holly and Louisiana palmetto. Gardeners always want a peek inside their small greenhouse and potting shed located at the back of the wide, well-kept lawn.
This is a rare opportunity to see inside three lovely antique homes and to meet the owners. Who knows, you may want to come stay a for a weekend soon!
The Pointe Coupee Parish Museum, located on the banks of False River near Parlange Plantation, will host an open house Saturday, with tours and refreshments. The museum building probably dates to 1800. An unusual construction detail at one end of the small building is piece sur piece, horizontal planks locked with full dovetail corners. More common in French Canada than Louisiana, this detail suggests a direct link from Pointe Coupee all the way up the Mississippi River.
The Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center will also be open Saturday, giving visitors the opportunity to see the exhibit “New Roads and Old Rivers: Pointe Coupee Photographs by Richard Sexton”. Thirty large fine art prints of Mr. Sexton’s photos are displayed in the museum gallery of the old Poydras High School, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As an added treat the ancient Randall Oak will be on the tour. The huge live oak tree, one of the largest in the world, stands on land that was once the campus of Poydras College. The state song of Maryland and one of the Confederate anthems of the American Civil War, “Maryland, My Maryland” was composed here in 1861 by college instructor James Ryder Randall.