Exploring this National Historic Landmark will offer both a tour through a historical structure and the culture that surrounded the home throughout history. Situated on the banks of Bayou Lafourche, this was the residence of two of Louisiana’s significant political figures: Governor Edward Douglas White and his son, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward Douglass White. The exhibition in this historic house tells the story of the Bayou Lafourche area, tracing the history of Chitimacha Indians, Acadian settlers, slavery, sugar cane plantations and the White family.
You will also learn about the political careers of Edward Douglas White, governor for one term and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for five terms in the 1830s and 1840s, and his son, Edward Douglass White, a U.S. senator (1891—1894) and United States Supreme Court justice (1894—1921); chief justice beginning in 1910). Among the younger White’s possessions on display are his law books, a chair he used while serving as chief justice and a 19th-century steamer trunk.