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Jul 25, 2009

Windrush Plantation and the Burden Family

[A portion of Essen Lane was the back side of Windrush Plantation ]

Windrush home

William S. Pike's Windrush Plantation, 
a friend of Gov. Henry Watkins Allen,
Was deeded over John Charles Burden
and wife,
who was the daughter of Pike
, as a wedding gift.

Burden's children were Ione, Steele, and Pike Jr. all who
excelled in life and left an mark on their world.

In 1921, the [Burden] family moved permanently to the country where they began creating a beautiful estate on Windrush Plantation. While Ione worked at LSU and Pike Jr. ran his printing business, Miss Ollie and her son Steele could be found landscaping the grounds around Windrush House (circa 1855), utilizing ideas and art objects gleaned by Steele during several trips to Europe. Source is the following link. Windrush House, Plantation, and the Burden Family

From the above link: The land on which the Rural Life Museum is located originally belonged to [General] Philemon Thomas, a soldier, statesman, and leader of the force that captured Baton Rouge and West Florida from the Spanish in 1810. Parenthesis added
The History of Burden Center and Windrush Gardens

Burden Center

The Art of Steele Burden
LSU Orangery built in honor of Steele Burden

Steele was one of the most wonderful men I’ve ever known. He had a great talent, and I learned a great deal from him. I’m a whole lot smarter man because of him” Mr. A. Hays Town, Premier Architect of the South.

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