845 N. Jefferson Ave
Port Allen, LA 70767
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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 grounds include a mule-driven can grinder and a living example of sugar cane rows.
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