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Winter Quarters State Historic Site

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Winter Quarters State Historic Site
Description:Winter Quarters State Historic Site stands today as a rare survivor of the ravages of the Civil War. The large, airy structure is the only one of its kind along the banks of scenic Lake St. Joseph to remain as a reflection of Louisiana's Antebellum cotton plantation.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:4929 Highway 608
Address 2:
City:Newellton
State/Province:LA
Zip Code:71357
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Guided tours are offered daily.
Admission:$2 per person; free for seniors (62 and over) and for children age 12 and under. Groups are asked to call in advance.
Telephone:(318) 467-9750
Website:http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iwinter.aspx
R E V I E W S
Melanie in CO, Co-op Member
If you have any reason to be driving through Tensas Parish, then stop by Winter Quarters. Not only is the site historically relevant to your study of the Civil War south, it's also a beautifully maintained property that gives a taste of what plantation life might be like for the more common plantation owner. Many of the plantations in Louisiana and Mississippi show grandeur and posh living. Winter Quarters is actually more modest and more likely how most smaller plantations worked. Everyone was expected to pitch in and help with the crops and slaves (over 300 at its peak), and daily life was often hard work, even for the more privileged land owners. The docents are friendly and will want to talk for hours if you ask any questions at all! My kids thought the older volunteers grew up during the Civil War... For lunch, stop by the mom and pop trailer beside Piggly Wiggly in Newellton and take a picnic lunch to Lake Bruin State Park. Typical fare includes beef tips with gravy and rice, collard greens and cornbread. Flies and mosquitoes are free. Say hi to my folks who live on Lake Bruin.
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