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Rip Van Winkle Gardens

5505 Rip Van Winkle Road

Lose yourself in a wonderland of flora and fauna, a twenty five-acre semi tropical paradise that captures the senses and cleanses the soul. Discover a year-round explosion of color where irises, magnolias, hibiscus, camellias, azaleas, thousands of springtime bulbs and a breathtaking array of annuals paint a landscape across the Southern sky.

As you walk through the Gardens you will see many unusual plants and historic sites.  The Jean Lafitte tree is one of them.  Three buried treasure chests were found there in 1928.  The treasure is believed to have been buried by Lafitte.  The Joseph Jefferson Mansion was built in the early 1870's.  The Mansion is filled with period antique furniture and paintings.  It delights the eyes of many visitors.  Professional trained tour guides will walk you through the house every day, seven days a week.


amanda burns

Sunday, July 8, 2018
Very beautiful place to visit. Always friendly staff, your of the mansion was just as beautiful. Wished we could have gotten a tour of the entire mansion but was well worth it in all. Some of the best foods you've ever eaten. Looking forward to seeing this place again and again. Got the best photo opportunities in a lifetime. I definitely would recommend this to anyone who may be close, bring enough money to eat there as all the foods was devine, tour shopping center, then take a walk or drive to mansion. Here are just a fraction of what I took.

Joy Warren

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Awesome place and oh so beautiful. Be sure and tour the Jefferson home to learn the amazing history. The wildlife will leave you breathless to witness their beauty in their own habitat. Wonderful experience and they will be seeing this Lady again. I look forward to seeing the flowers of all seasons.

Bonnie Jones

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Beautifully designed gardens. Could spend a whole day here. Take time to enjoy the sitting areas if you can. Go to the cafe early enough before they close or run out!

Laura Costa

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Very beautiful even in winter. Tucked away, it seemed to be visited less then other manors/gardens so if you're looking for a more quiet afternoon head here over the plantations. This was not a plantation, rather a mansion and gardens of an actor(famously playing in Rip Van Winkle, hense the name) turned into a vistor's paradise. There was also a salt mine business here as well that plays into the history. They have a short guided tour of the house and you are free to explore the gardens which are expansive. Also quite a variety of birds are kept here, including a couple of peacocks.

Dawn Owens

Friday, June 29, 2018
Gorgeous!!! Wear comfy shoes and bring a camera. Make sure you have enough time to go slowly and take in all the beauty of the place. Its worth the trip.

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