Greenwood Plantation is located in St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. I have visited Greenwood Plantation three times, and the last time was for my wedding. I have visited many southern plantations and Greenwood is my favorite. Why? It’s not touristy and has a very authentic feeling to it enabling you to imagine the plantation during times from long ago.
The beautiful and gracious Greenwood Plantation was built by William Ruffin Barrow in 1830. The majestic white Greek Revival Style plantation home is embraced with twenty-eight magnificent columns built by slaves. Greenwood was a working cotton and sugarcane plantation farmed with slave labor. William Ruffin Barrow was a pro-secessionist and came from a wealthy family of plantation owners in Louisiana. While living at Greenwood Plantation, the Barrows had ten children, five of which died of different diseases. William Ruffin Barrow died in 1862 and was buried at Highland Plantation –a family plantation in Baton Rouge. The plantation served as a hospital during the Civil War.
After the Civil War the plantation was housed by multiple families until 1915. Walker Percy bought Greenwood and lived there with his wife and children for 45 years. Then hard times fell again on Greenwood Plantation during the Great Depression. The Percy’s were forced to sell Greenwood and the home sadly stood empty. Tragically, in 1960 Greenwood was struck by lightning and the entire house burned to the ground except for the noble 28 brick columns.
In 1968 William Barnes and his son Richard bought Greenwood and researched photographs of the plantation to restore the plantation to its original grandeur design of 1830. It took the Barnes 16 years to complete the restoration. Greenwood Plantation found success in the movie industry becoming a popular site for filming such movies as “Louisiana,” “North and South,” “Drango,” and “Sister Sister.”
Greenwood Plantation is now a wonderful and romantic bed and breakfast and a popular site for weddings. The plantation is open for tours and is definitely worth a visit.