Winter Quarters State Historic Site

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Winter Quarters State Historic Site


(318) 467-9750

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Winter Quarters State Historic Site stands today as a rare survivor of the ravages of the Civil War. The large, airy structure is the only one of its kind along the banks of scenic Lake St. Joseph to remain as a reflection of Louisiana's Antebellum cotton plantation. In 1805, Job Routh built a winter hunting lodge on a Spanish land grant located on the Mississippi River flood plain in what would become Tensas Parish. During the early 1830s, Routh's heirs added several more rooms and a gallery. Dr. Haller Nutt and his wife Julia (granddaughter of Job Routh) bought the property in 1850 and began the final phase of construction, which gives Winter Quarters Planatation is distinctive look. Dr. Nutt owned over 22 estates in his lifetime, including Winter Quarters Plantation and the famous Longwood Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi.

Today, Winter Quarters houses the mementos of an era long gone. In addition to period furnishings, copies of diaries and other personal records provide an invaluable link to the Antebellum period. Also included are displays dedicated to Dr. Nutt's contributions in the fields of medicine and agriculture. One of the most significant items of furniture on display at Winter Quarters is a rare and perfectly preserved billiard table made circa 1845 by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company. In 1978, Winter Quarters State Historic Site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Map of Winter Quarters (LA)

Latitude, Longitude: 32.010076, -91.216518



  • Auto/Motorcycle

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  • Historic Sites

    Admission to Winter Quarters State Historic Site is by appointment only.

  • Picnicking

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The site is located 8 miles southeast of Newellton on LA 608 in Tensas Parish. From US 65, turn onto LA 4 East, then turn right on LA 605. Travel approximately 3 miles and turn left on LA 608. Winter Quarters SHS will be approximately 6 miles on the right.

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(318) 467-9750