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Bayside Plantation Record Book

Collection 481

Bayside Plantation. Record Book, 1860-1868

2 ½ inches

Bayside is a plantation comprising a historic plantation house built in 1850 by Francis DuBose Richardson on the Bayou Teche in Jeanerette, Louisiana. Richardson, a classmate and friend of Edgar Allan Poe, purchased the 6-acre land for a sugar plantation. On January 29, 1987, it was registered with the United States National Register of Historic Places. The two-story brick Greek revival plantation house remains one of Iberia Parish’s finest Greek revival structures.

Mr. Richardson attended St. Mary’s College in Baltimore, Maryland. He was elected to the Louisiana State Senate and sponsored a legislation establishing the Louisiana School for the Blind. It is believed that Edgar Allan Poe slept at the Bayside Plantation while visiting Richardson.

This collection consists of a record book dated from 1860-1868 of day-to-day operations on the plantation side. According to the record book, crops planted included cotton and corn, but mainly sugarcane.

Donated by Gayle Breaux Smith.


A. Record Book Box 1


Box 1
Bayside Plantation Record. Louisiana, 1860-1868