Starting on October 2, 2013 Southdown Plantation and the Terrebonne Historical & Cultural Society began holding candllight tours in the evenings at the manor house. Guides dressed in period clothing intoroduced some of the "former residents" of Southdown Plantation to groups of up to 40 people per tour.
"We wanted to open the house up to people who wouldn't normally be able to attend with our daily tour schedule," said Executive Director Rachel Cherry. "We were hoping for a big, new audience and we were not disappointed."
According to Cherry candllight tours from October through February brought in nearly 500 people that saw Southdown Plantation in a "different light" literally. "The comments from many people on the tours were similar to, 'I've lived here all my life and I've never been here' or 'I didn't even realize there was so much history about the parish here'," Cherry added.
The tours will resume again in October 2014 on Friday evenings. "We had such a great time with the tours and the demand was so generous that we just may try to either add another evening or increase the number of tours in an evening."
The first tour in October will be Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. There will not be tours on October 10th due to the Voice of the Wetlands Festival, but will resume the following Friday evening. Reservations are required to attend and the cost is $10 per person.
Posted on Wed, February 26, 2014
by Rachel Cherry