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Listing No. 30651

1847 Antebellum
Franklin, LA

Alice C Plantation

In the words of George Gershwin, ''It's summertime and the livin' is easy.'' Similar to Gershwin's highly evocative, poetic mixes of jazz and song, is the brilliant and stunning architectural elegance of the waterfront estate of Alice C Plantation.

Ah, that sweet, old fashioned charm of yesteryear. Nowhere is it more apparent than the boulevards and byways of the well-preserved historic district of Franklin, Louisiana and this grand Greek Revival antebellum home with historical presence on gorgeous grounds displaying the grace and genteel Southern charm of a bygone era. Dotted with majestic oak trees providing lush umbrellas of shade, this nearly 4-1/2 acres of waterfront property, with approximately 600 feet along the scenic Bayou Teche, offers updated comfort, amenities and modern conveniences with unrivaled privacy and seclusion; yet, mere walking distance to town, shops and restaurants.

In the mid-1800s, prior to the Civil War, the highest concentrations of millionaires in America could be found along the winding corridor 120 miles long on a strip of south Louisiana hugging the Mississippi River. The booming prosperity of the sugarcane industry during the antebellum period (meaning prewar, from the Latin ante before, and, bellum war) left an enduring legacy of mansions and plantation homes throughout the area, particularly in Franklin whose district boasts 420 historic landmark structures. Long gone are the equestrians and buggies on the quiet streets lined with turn-of-the-century style cast iron light posts, but look closely and note that the distinctive street lamps of Franklin still bear the no hitching signs.

Franklin (named for Benjamin Franklin) is an Anglo-Saxon pocket within French Acadiana with more English surnames than French due to the unusually large numbers of English who chose to settle there after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The Greek Revival style was particularly popular in the South due to its application of form, function and practicality that lent itself to the region's climate. Columns, porticoes and covered porches, galleries - that span the entire length of the facade, provide shade, lend to leisure, a place to relax, sip cold lemonade and enjoy conversation, a natural part of living in the Deep South.

Within Franklin city limits, there are 11 major Greek Revival residences, all of which have the size and grandeur to be called mansions. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Alice C Plantation is a surviving example with a full-length double gallery. Although the Alice C has some French Creole influences, stylistically, it's overwhelmingly Greek Revival.

Follow the Cajun Coastline of Highway 182, near Garden City, to 10736 and discover the majestic marvel of Alice C Plantation. Built by Jotham Bedell with an eastern seaboard influence, who owned the property from 1846 to 1859. The subsequent owner, John Calder, named the home for his wife Alice. Recently, the Alice C was carefully restored to her days of glory by Mr. and Mrs. Gary Blum who added amenities to meet modern-day expectations such as updated HVAC, ductwork, plumbing and electrical.

Surrounded by nearly 70 graceful trees, expansive green lawns, manicured romantic flowering gardens, azaleas and crepe myrtles are seven structures on the property: 3 bed / 2.5 bath main house constructed from cypress; two strategically situated guest cottages also cypress; an artist's studio; a boat house; workshop, 8 stall covered parking; and, an ample storage shed. All new wiring for the property is run underground along with new plumbing. All seven structures have copper plumbing.

The two covered boat slips each have heavy duty 100-amp service. Peace of mind is offered with standby Generac generator that powers all structures during outages.Any visitor will be awestruck upon driving up to this double-porch white waterfront main house beauty. Light lovers rejoice!
Bedrooms: 5
Full Bath(s): 6
Heated Sq. Ft.: 3,800
Acres: 4.380

Contact the Agent directly.

Dream Home Realty

Billy Pritchard photo Billy Pritchard

Phone: 337-319-1544


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  • Waterfront
  • Patio
  • Storage Building
  • Workshop
  • Fireplaces
  • Walk-In Closets
  • Claw-foot Tub(s)
  • Pocket Doors
  • Stained woodwork/doors
  • 2 guest houses
  • 8-stall covered parking
  • Antique bar
  • Artist's studio
  • Boat house
  • Second floor porch
  • Wide-plank wood floors

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