Adelia at Goodwood Plantation

The story of Goodwood Plantation is the story of Baton Rouge.

As you glance down the stately live oaks that line the grand entry, you can sense the triumphs and tribulation this one-of-a-kind piece of urban archeology has experienced.

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The home was built on the central 17 acres of a 2,000 acre land grant from the British Royal Crown.

The history of Goodwood Plantation dates back to days in the 18th century when it served as a modest plantation and thoroughbred horses raced a one-mile track from Lobdell Avenue, where Independence Park now stands.

The Greek Revival home was built in the early 1850s by Dr. Samuel Laycock as a wedding gift for his wife, Adelia.

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The historic home was built during a time of unparalleled grandeur.

It features soaring 14-foot ceilings, hand-blown glass windows, European marble, 10-foot windows, fireplaces in every room, one-of-a-kind Wedgewood china sinks with gold inlay, original pine floors and imported crystal chandeliers. 

The home served as makeshift hospital during the Civil War.

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Because it was built prior to the Civil War, Goodwood Plantation has the rare distinction of being defined as a true Antebellum home.

History recalls that when the Civil War began in 1861, Union troops were burning houses as they moved south. Goodwood Plantation was spared from fire by Dr. Laycock’s attorney — Abraham Lincoln — and therefore, survived the war.

The plantation home was acquired by Louis U. Babin in 1930 and remained in the Babin family as a private residence until it was purchased by Onsite Design in February of 2016. During that time, it served as the setting for elaborate teas, wedding receptions, private parties and Hollywood films.