The Iberville Museum is located in the Plaquemine Historic District. The public site is overseen by the Plaquemine Main Street Program. The Iberville Museum, located in the Plaquemine Historic District across from the Plaquemine Lock Historic Site, offers varied displays of historic artifacts and several special exhibits annually. Today, the Museum houses artifacts of life in Iberville Parish from the early 1900s and features a Mardi Gras Room, complete with costumes of kings and queens of past carnival balls. It also has an extensive display from World War II and the Korean War.
Backstory and Context
Founded in 2000, Iberville Museum is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history and culture of Iberville Parish. It is located in the original “City Hall” of historic Plaquemine and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Built by Irish immigrants, George and Thomas Weldon, in 1848 in the Greek Revival style, the building served as the first courthouse for the Parish of Iberville. The museum has artifacts and photographs of life in the parish around the early 1900s.
The Greek Revival building was completed in 1848. The building was built as the first Iberville Parish Courthouse of 1848 until 1906. It was used as Plaquemine City Hall from 1906 until 1985, and was later restored for its present use.
The original plans for this Greek
Revival building were drawn by the famous New Orleans architect, James Gallier.
The building is a single story, brick and plaster structure with four Doric
columnns that set off two huge cypress doors. The building served as the parish
seat of government for 57 years until 1906, when a new courthouse was built.
The building was occupied at City Hall until 1985. At that time is was
recognized as the second-oldest structure in Louisiana still being used as the
seat of local government. After several other occupants, the building remained
vacant for many years until restoration began in 1995. Over $200,000 was spent
in the restoration and now the building is serving the people of Iberville
Parish for a third century as the Iberville Museum.
Permanent Exhibitions include Isleños: The Canary Islanders of Louisiana, Louisiana High School Boxing Hall of Fame, and the Life of Virginia Campbell.
More information about each exhibit can be viewed on the Iberville Museum official website.
Exhibits. Iberville Museum. . Accessed March 24, 2018. https://ibervillemuseum.org/explore/exhibits/.
Iberville Museum. MuseumsUSA. . Accessed March 25, 2018. http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/1168134.