3601 Bayou Rapides Road
Alexandria, Louisiana 71303
*All pictures below are courtesy of www.kenthouse.org
If you are looking for a true rendition of French and Spanish life during the late 1700's, then look no further than Kent House Plantation! This beautiful home is one of the oldest original structures still standing in Louisiana. This French colonial home was built around 1796 by French settler, Pierre Baillio II, on ground due to a Spanish land grant that consisted of 500 arpents, which is approximately the French equivalent of an acre, near Poste des Rapides.
In 1842, the home was sold to Mr. Robert Hynson of Kent County, Maryland, oddly giving this home its final name. After the home luckily survived almost being burnt down during the 1864 Civil War Red River Campaign, it passed through several different owners, and was finally divided into three sections and moved two block over to its current location in 1964.
|Kent House Outdoor Kitchen|
today. On a side note, the slave homes are original structures, however they have been moved from various locations throughout the state and are not native to the original property. Regardless, they still breathe the original history of the era, giving you a glimpse into the past.
|Kent House Slave Quarters|
|Bedroom with Most Activity Reported|