Magnolia Mound Plantation is hosting a free Christmas fair Sunday.
On December 9, families are invited to come enjoy an afternoon of music, history, hay rides, children’s activities, blacksmithing demonstrations, historic cooking, great art and craft vendors, food, children’s choirs and tours of the Magnolia Mound historic house.
The free event begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. on 2161 Nicholson Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
Costumed guides and Town Cryer Rob Wilson will welcome you to a festive party in the year 1818, where you can wander and enjoy listening to Jim and James Linden Hogg singing the rousing popular music of the time.
Watch the Louisiane Vintage Dancers show why dancing was always on the program of any party in 1818.
Get your own toes tapping to the music of the terrific group Kitchen Session, hear charming French opera duets by Opera Louisiane’s Elana Gleason and Kevin Harvey, and listen to the old stories and participate in the West African Drum Circle led by Jerry Jenkins.
The children’s choirs of the Foreign Language Immersion School will sing carols in French and in Spanish, bringing you closer to the festivities at Magnolia Mound in 1818 when neighbors and friends gathered for great parties in this very same place and sang and danced together.
And as they did in those days 200 years ago, the afternoon will end with a bonfire to mark the Christmas season.
According to BREC officials, Magnolia Mound Plantation is a rare survivor of the vernacular architecture influenced by early settlers from France and the West Indies.
The plantation house was once the center of a 900-acre operation with frontage on the Mississippi River.
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