Alexandria, LA 71302
Open: Tours, Monday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the hour.
Directions: Exit Highway 165-167-71 (MacArthur Drive), continue one block west.
This French and Spanish style raised cottage is an excellent example of Colonial plantation architecture and is the oldest structure still standing in central Louisiana.
The piers, elevating the house high above the ground, are of handmade brick. Slave-made brick and bousillage (a mixture of mud, moss, and deer hair) form the lime-washed walls. Two original galleries (connecting wings, added in 1840) provide vistas of the parterre garden, Bayou Rapides, and the expansive lawn bordered by outbuildings and an operational sugarhouse.
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Louisiana owns and maintains the furnishings of the parlor--fine examples of Federal, Sheraton, and Empire pieces. A stranger's room was recently furnished by this group. Period appointments in other rooms include items by native Creole cabinetmakers. Many articles in the collection belonged to family members of Pierre Ballio, who built the house.
Kent House is owned by the State of Louisiana.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
PARLOR COLLECTION: ACCREDITED BY NSCDA MUSEUM PROPERTIES