The Great River Road

Old Man River, Father of Waters, “body of a nation,” Big Muddy—by any name the mighty Mississippi cuts a mythic figure across the American landscape.


Heading from the north to the south, as the river flows, the first of these riverside manors is Nottoway (225/545-2730, daily, $20, $169 and up), among the largest plantation homes in the South. Built in the 1850s, it was also one of the last “big houses” to be built. On the western shore of the Mississippi, along Hwy-1 about two miles north of the town of White Castle, Nottoway is a bright white Greek Revival structure enclosing over an acre of floor space, so you’ll be glad you don’t have to pay the air-conditioning bills or do the dusting. If you like the look of it all, you can stay for lunch in the grand dining room or overnight in one of many lushly appointed rooms.

Two miles south of White Castle, a state-run ferry jogs across the river (every 30 minutes, during commute hours only) to Carville on the other side.


Nottoway (31025 Louisiana Hwy. 1)