LSU Rural Life Museum Presents “Sharing the Sweet Life: 100 Years at the Chatsworth Sugar Plantation” in Monroe through October

09/25/2014 03:41 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Rural Life Museum presents “Sharing the Sweet Life: 100 Years at the Chatsworth Sugar Plantation, East Baton Rouge Parish.”


In reflection of Louisiana Archaeology Month, this traveling exhibit will be hosted at the University of Louisiana at Monroe from Oct.1-31, and features artifacts, visual displays and a short media presentation about Southern plantation life more than a century years ago. This event is free and open to the public.


The University of Louisiana, Monroe is proud to bring “Sharing the Sweet Life: 100 Years at the Chatsworth Sugar Plantation” to ULM’s Special Collections & Archives Room, located on the University Library’s fifth floor. Hours of operation of the ULM Special Collection & Archives Room can be found at


The Chatsworth Plantation existed as a major sugar producer from the 1830s through the 1920s, before the “Big House” was demolished for the construction of the present-day Mississippi River levee in 1930. Archaeological investigations at Chatsworth Plantation began in 2012, when L’Auberge Casino partnered with Louisiana State University to document the history of the property as required by the National Historic Preservation Act. This included archaeology at the sugar mill and slave/worker quarters area that were overgrown for almost 100 years. The artifacts and information are presented to illustrate a way of life that was common in south Louisiana over a century ago, but now only truly seen in exhibits like this one.  


For more information on the exhibit, contact exhibit coordinator Beverly Clement at (225) 765-2437 ext.205, or email





Contact Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014