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Historical Association


From Slavery to Civil Rights


Educational Programs


Welcome To The West Baton Rouge Museum

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electric ice cream churn

Reed Shotgun House, circa 1938 Learn about what makes the Shotgun house a staple of southern architecture and the cultural influence migrant workers had on West Baton Rouge.

Built in the 1880's, this plantation store was in use as a grocery store and post office until it was closed in the 1980's.

The third cabin from Allendale c.1890's shows life as it would have been during the Civil Rights era.

The second cabin from Allendale Plantation c. mid-1870's depicts life for the plantation worker after the Civil War.

The legacy of slavery is interpreted in the c.1850 slave cabin which is pictured here. The interior of the cabin shows early furnishings used typically by slaves before the Civil War.

See a 22' hand-crafted working model of a sugar mill that exhibits the process of making raw sugar from sugar cane.

An Opening Reception was held at the West Baton Rouge Museum on Friday, May 8, 2009 to celebrate the installation of the museum’s permanent exhibit In the Interest of Our Parish: Three Hundred Years of History in West Baton Rouge.


Welcome To The West Baton Rouge Museum