Power, Seduction & Old Victorians in the Sterling Grove Historic District, Lafayette LA

New Orleans, LA

45 minutes
0.7 mi
Guided by John
John Pastor


Explore a true gem of Cajun country history. The Sterling Grove Historic District encompasses the former plantation of the Mouton family dynasty. Moutons have served as Louisiana's founders, governors, generals and elite for centuries. Come explore the Mouton's plantation and what has happened to it over time. Discover old Victorian architecture, tales of seduction, and Cajun stories from the turn of the century.

About Your Guide

Musician and chef from southern Louisiana with a passion for culture and travel. Third generation restaurateur with deep roots to the oldest families in the area. Great grandson of the first butcher in Lafayette, and owner of the Duchess Downtown Bed and Breakfast.

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Guide Points

  1. The Duchess Downtown Lafayette

    The Duchess Downtown is housed in a Victorian Gothic home built in 1910. It includes 6 bedrooms, 4 baths and 2 fireplaces in 12-foot tall v…

  2. John Nickerson House

    The John Nickerson House at 310 North Sterling Street was built in 1891 on what originally was the Charles Mouton Plantation.

  3. Latiolais House

    This Cajun Prairie Queen Anne style home was built in 1910. The architecture widely popular at the turn of the 20th century in south Louisi…

  4. Mouton Plantation

    This is the grand home of Charles Mouton, built on his 300 acre plantation. He built the house just prior to his marriage in 1821 to Marie …

  5. Barrois / Snodgrass House

    Mr. G. M. Snodgrass was a major developer of this part of Sterling Grove, and he built this house for his family in 1902. The grand scale o…

  6. McMillan House

    The McMillan House is also known as "The Last House." It was completed in 1898 and was the final house to be built on the northern edge of …

  7. McFaddin Mansion

    The McFaddin House is believed to have been built shortly after the property was purchased from George M. Snodgrass early in 1904 for $300 …

  8. Domengeaux House

    This simple home with porch was built in 1900 by Rudolph Domengeaux and his wife, Marie Marthe Mouton.

  9. St. Genevieve Catholic Church

    The completion of the train tracks through Lafayette in the 1880s led to the town's growth in population and wealth, but it also added some…

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