address 4929 Highway 608
Newellton, LA 71357
phone (318) 467-9750 or (888) 677-9468
open Daily
9:00 am – 5:00 pm


[ PLEASE NOTE: Winter Quarters will be closed until 2014 ]

This mid-19th century plantation is a prime example of a Victorian era country home. The house is large, but not extravagant, as the family was building a formal home in the nearby town of Natchez. This house is the only plantation home on Lake St. Joseph to survive the Civil War. Featured in the home is a reproduction portrait of Frederick, one of the family slaves, who stayed with Julia Nutt after the Civil War to help raise her youngest children.

At its peak, Winter Quarters Plantation comprised over 2,000 acres, housed more than 300 slaves, and included an extraordinary scope of operations including several cotton gins, a sawmill, barns, machine ships, a hospital, a smokehouse, boat docks, a milk house, and various other supporting operations.

During the Vicksburg Campaign of 1863, Union soldiers enthusiastically carried out General William Tecumseh Sherman's orders to destroy everything not needed by the Union troops. Fifteen plantation homes lined the banks of Lake St. Joseph before the Union troops came to Tensas Parish. After they left, Winter Quarters was the only one left standing. Today, it houses the artifacts and mementos of this earlier time.