Aside from the prestige that has earned Nottoway Plantation the global recognition as an “American Treasure”, another of the most coveted Louisiana treasures lies quietly just minutes away…in the unspoiled Atchafalaya Basin. The Atchafalaya “Basinkeeper” is headquartered a few minutes away, and promotes a not-for-profit tour experience of South Louisiana’s hidden natural habitat. A newborn mink family venturing out in the wild, fresh-water mullets feeding on the surface duckweed that marks the change of seasons, white egrets and pink spoonbills landing and taking off in the sunset… only the local people know of this treasure.
Warm and friendly metropolitan Baton Rouge is only 25 minutes away from Nottoway, where downtown is home of the (new and) Old State Capital, USS Kidd destroyer, and the once “Pirate of the Pacific,” permanently docked and open for visits. LSU Rural Life Museum is five minutes into the city just off I-10, and displays a wealth of information about 19th century Louisiana and its unique culture.
The community of sugar cane farmers offer travelers with all kinds of historic interests. Nearby historic places include the smallest church in the world - Bayou Goula’s Madonna Chapel; the historical Plaquemine Lock Museum, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, known for its Italian Romanesque architecture, Cora Texas Sugar Mill - one of the largest sugar producers in the South.