Madewood Plantation

Submitted by FHMaster on Sat, 12/17/2016 - 17:58

Madewood Plantation House, also known as Madewood, is a former sugarcane plantation house on the Bayou Lafourche south of Napoleonville, Louisiana, United States. It is located approximately two miles east of Napoleonville on Louisiana Highway 308. A National Historic Landmark, the 1846 house is architecturally significant as the first major work of Henry Howard, and as one of the finest Greek Revival plantation houses in the American South.[2][3]

The mansion was built for the Colonel Thomas Pugh in 1846[4] and was designed by architect Henry Howard in Greek Revival style.[5] The house was originally the manor house for a 10,000-acre (4,000 ha) sugar plantation.[2][6][7]

Thomas Pugh was the half brother of William Whitmell Hill Pugh who owned the Woodlawn plantation and Alexander Franklin Pugh who was part owner of the Augustin, Bellevue, Boatner, and New Hope plantations.[8]Thomas Pugh died of yellow fever in 1852.[5][7] During the Civil War, the lawns were used by Union troops as a hospital.[5]

The Madewood house was purchased by Harold Marshall in 1964 and underwent major restoration that was completed in 1978.[4] It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1983.[2][3]

Today it is run as a tourist attraction and a bed and breakfast.[9]

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Location
Napoleonville
State
GeoCoord
29.92738°N 90.99426°W
Founded
1846
Status
Active
Address
4250 Highway 308, Napoleanville, Louisiana
NRHP Ref Number
73000860