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Madewood Plantation - Napoleonville, Louisiana

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   Made of bricks fired on site and southern lumber painted to resemble exotic Interior Entry - Madewood Plantation House, Napoleonville, LA wood, the 23 room Madewood Plantation Home is one of the finest examples of Greek revival architecture in Louisiana. Set to face Bayou Lafourche, Colonel Thomas Pugh built his manor home amid a 10,000 acre plantation in 1840.
   The Madewood façade, covered in white stucco, is enhanced by six, two story Ionic columns, offering the proportions of a Greek temple. Resting among sprawling live oaks and decorated with spring’s showy azaleas, this mansion is one of the best Plantation House - Madewood Plantation House, Napoleonville, LA plantation home examples on the Great Mississippi River Road.
   A splendid example of a sugar grower’s home, Madewood is one of a string of mansions that line each side of the Lower Mississippi River. This 70 mile byway, extending from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, follows a river you seldom see. Seen as Ionic columns - Madewood Plantation House, Napoleonville, LA a study of man against nature, portions of the levee system date back to the early 1700s. So different 160 years ago, Mark Twain described the region as a broad river lying between two rows of showy homes, becoming a spacious street.
   Madewood, a National Historic Landmark in Napoleonville, was purchased by the Marshall family in 1964. A major renovation was completed in 1978, and continued as a "bed and breakfast." The grounds also include a carriage house, the Pugh family cemetery, the Elmfield cottage and slave quarters. The residence is open for tours by reservation only.

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