It took eight years to build, but Madewood Plantation was worth the time and effort when finished. The house sites on Highway 308 in Napoleonville, about seventy-five miles from New Orleans. It was the vision of Colonel Thomas Pugh, a member of a wealthy Louisiana family, who wanted a home that represented one of the finest examples of Greek Revival style.
The house’s imposing stature is only part of Madewood’s appeal. Set in a grove of magnolias and oak trees, the home was once a part of a working sugar cane plantation. It sits on over ten thousand acres and included a main house, an attached kitchen, a carriage house, Elmfield Cottage, slave quarters and the Pugh family cemetery.
In all, you’ll find twenty-three rooms in the home which is now a bed and breakfast. You can walk the grounds of the plantation, explore the rooms of the mansion or just enjoy a relaxed candlelit dinner of Louisiana specialties.
This national historic landmark is a wonderful example of Greek Revival architecture and of southern ambience. It’s a place where you can lay under the stars and imagine what life must have been like years ago when living and working on Southern plantations were a way of life. Or grab a book and find a place a shaded spot under an old oak tree to read the day away.
The home’s hardwood floors, gleaming chandeliers and high ceilings along with the dining room and parlor create a feeling of grandeur. While few places offer visitors the chance to experience, first hand, what the old South was like, Madewood Plantation gives you a taste what Southern life in the late 1800s was all about. The home and the grounds combine to create an experience like no other and one you’re not soon to forget.