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Historic dig in progress near casino

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago March 08, 2013 Mar 8, 2013 Friday, March 08 2013 March 08, 2013 5:03 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- Just outside of L'Auberge Casino sits a historic discovery covered by vegetation and sediments for decades.

The Chatsworth Plantation's Sugar House is being excavated by LSU anthropologist and archaeologist as part of research commissioned by the casino.

Nearby, a historic study is also underway for Longwood Plantation, one of the parish's oldest homes.

"It's a wonderful classical revival house that dates back to 1845," said David Floyd, Director of LSU's Rural Life Museum. "It was added onto in the late 1850's early 1860's and it was part of a Louisiana sugar producing family in East Baton Rouge Parish."

"This along with the sugar house being excavated and the quarters at the Chatsworth Plantation, this is a monumental project, it's a wonderful discovery within this community," said Cliff Deal, the project manager.

Longwood Plantation is on the National Historic Registry. A meeting will be held on March 20th at City Hall to declare it a Local Historic Landmark.

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