The Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site occupies an enviable property at the foot of the hill in the Diocese of West Feliciana. The hills and valleys that were once lined with cotton rows and pine forests are breathtaking. Daniel and Martha Turnbull are the owners of the Rosedown Plantation, very wealthy. The couple saw their real estate property completed in 1835.
They filled their homes with luxury furniture from Europe and the Northeast, many of which survived the civil war and stayed at home. Descendants of the Turnbull family sold the house to Catherine Fondren Underwood in the 1950s who oversaw the restoration of the plantations, including the 28-acre formal garden once owned by Martha Turnbull. Before and after the guided tour of the Big House, you can walk the same garden paths that the Turnbulls once enjoyed.
The interior decoration of the house itself is almost intact, including exquisite wallpaper and imported architectural details. From the balcony on the second floor you can enjoy the view of the long oak canopy. Behind the house is a milk house (used to store dairy products) and a single-family kitchen, whose huge hearth is still used as a cooking demonstration. The Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site is located near historic St. Francisville, where you will find charming cafes and bed and breakfasts.