San Francisco Plantation - The Most Opulent Plantation On The Mississippi River
With its mélange of architectural designs, this ornate mansion offers a remarkable variation on the plantation styles commonly found along the Great River Road. From certain angles, San Francisco Plantation has been thought to resemble a variety of different structures, ranging from a Mississippi riverboat to a giant layer cake.
Built in 1854 by a wealthy sugar planter, this vividly-colored house is a spectacular creation of great ambition and unique inspiration. Nestled under centuries-old live oaks, San Francisco Plantation is furnished and decorated like no other plantation in the South. The home features world-renowned, hand-painted ceilings, faux marbre and faux bois throughout, and one of the finest antique collections in the country. Tour guides in period dress lead visitors through San Francisco Plantation's 14 rooms filled with authentic furniture reflecting the plantation’s glorious heyday during the late 1850s, the time just prior to the War Between the States.
The grounds of San Francisco Plantation feature some historic outbuildings, such as an 1840s slave cabin, and a school house dating back to the 1830s. And in addition to its annual “Frisco Fest” Spring Garden & Craft Festival, this beautiful property can play host to a variety of private, special events. Wedding ceremonies and receptions, group dinners and other socials are regularly held at San Francisco Plantation, either on the verdant grounds under its majestic oaks, or inside the historic and spacious Sugar Mill Pavilion.
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974, this opulent, colorful plantation is so distinctive that it inspired novelist Frances Parkinson Keyes to write “Steamboat Gothic,” a story about a family she imagined living there. Offering a unique blend of history and romance, make sure your trip to New Orleans Plantation Country includes a stop at San Francisco Plantation.