The West Baton Rouge Museum offers exhibits, guided tours, hands-on activities, classes, lectures, special events, and out reach programs in friendly environments.
Our cultural heritage is a gumbo of traditions blended together over generations with ingredients as diverse as our people. The West Baton Rouge Museum tells the stories that bind us together as a vital and vibrant community. Our agricultural and rural history continues to distinguish West Baton Rouge Parish, the smallest parish in the state, as we have transitioned to an industrial and technology based economy at the end of the 20th century.
Exhibit Field to Factory explains the history of our sugar making industry from the early Open Kettle method to the first mechanized process developed in the 19th century.
Grounds include the Aillet House,circa 1830 a creole plantation house. The complex includes three cabins from the Allendale Plantation that help to illustrate the significant changes in sugar plantation life through three historical periods: Slavery, Reconstruction, and the American Civil Rights Movement.
The Reed Shotgun house, circa 1938, is a shotgun house, a true form of Louisiana architecture.
The West Baton Rouge Museum completed the restoration of the Arbroth Mercantile Plantation Store (1880-1980) in the spring that started in 2009. 7, 2012. The original Arbroth Mercantile Plantation Store first opened in the mid 1800’s when Arbroth was a sugar plantation. By the middle of the 20th century, Arbroth Plantation Store was the largest mercantile in the area supplying locals with food, dry goods, farm supplies, clothing, fuel, and beer. The building and it’s original contents reflect life inside the store through the years between the two world wars (1914-1945).
The grounds include a mule-driven can grinder and a living example of sugar cane rows.
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