Elmwood Plantation on River Road

Elmwood Plantation on River Road

Elmwood Plantation restaurant menu, 1970s

Elmwood Plantation restaurant menu, 1970s

Elmwood Planataion dated back to 1762. It was built by Nicholas Chauvin, for the first American governor of Louisiana, W.C.C. Claiborne. The two-story mansion was a fixture on the river, just above New Orleans. The house caught fire in 1940, causing heavy damage. The house was re-built as a single-story building. In 1962, a group of investors acquired the house, refurbished it, and opened it as a restaurant. Elmwood Plantation was popular out-of-the-way dining destination from the 1960s to the 1980s, when a second fire destroyed the restaurant.

The image is a copy of the menu, from the State Library of Louisiana’s menu collection. It dates from the late 1970s. View the entire menu (PDF) here.

My favorite part is the wine list:

Portion of Elmwood Plantation's wine list.

Portion of Elmwood Plantation’s wine list.

Wines are offered by location in France. For the Bordeauxs, there’s no breakdown by winery or vintage.

There’s a good section on the history of Elmwood Plantation in the book, Lost Plantations of the South, by Marc R. Matrana.

(cross-posted to NOLA History Guy)

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