Sharing the Sweet Life:
100 Years at the Chatsworth Sugar Plantation
LSU Rural Life Museum Press Release:
LSU Rural Life Museum Presents
Sharing the Sweet Life: 100 Years at the Chatsworth Sugar Plantation
The LSU Rural Life Museum presents Sharing the Sweet Life: 100 Years at the Chatsworth Sugar
Plantation, East Baton Rouge Parish. In reflection of Louisiana archaeology month, this traveling exhibit will be hosted at the University of Louisiana, Monroe from October 1-31, 2014 and features artifacts, visual displays, and a short media presentation about Southern plantation life over 100 years ago. The University of Louisiana, Monroe is proud to bring Sharing the Sweet Life: 100 Years at the Chatsworth Sugar Plantation to ULM’s Special Collections & Archives Room, located in the University Library (5th floor).
The Chatsworth Plantation existed as a major sugar producer from the 1830’s through the 1920’s, before the “Big House” was demolished for the construction of the present day levee in 1930. Archaeological investigations at Chatsworth Plantation began in 2012 when L’Auberge Casino partnered with Louisiana State University to document the history of the property as required by the National Historic Preservation Act. This included archaeology at the sugar mill and slave/worker quarters area that were overgrown for almost 100 years. The artifacts and information are presented to illustrate a way of life that was common in south Louisiana over a century ago, but now only truly seen in exhibits like this one.
Please refer to the hours posted on the ULM Special Collection & Archives Room website:
LSU Rural Life Museum
Beverly Clement, Exhibit Coordinator
Phone: (225) 765-2437 ext.205
LSU Rural Life Museum Located on Burden Museum and Gardens Essen Lane @ I-10 Exit 160 Baton Rouge, Louisiana