The Cabin Restaurant

Through the efforts, ideas, love, sweat and patience of friends and family, you are able to enjoy a small sampling of Southern Louisiana history.

The Cabin Restaurant is unique in all the world. It began as one of the ten original slave dwellings of the Monroe Plantation, located just south of Baton Rouge. It is approximately 180 years old. As one looks around upon entering, the Cabin gives off an aura of authenticity and realism. The original cypress roof is still visible from inside, and even the spider webs of 100 years ago are still clinging to the ceiling. The walls are papered with ancient newspaper fixed to the walls with a mixture of flour and water. This was the way the slaves insulated the walls of the original slave dwelling. Hanging from practically every nook and cranny are antique farm implements and tools of years gone by. The original floor in the main cabin has been replaced with pine flooring from the commissary at the Welham Plantation in Convent, Louisiana.

Originally, there were two chimneys and four rooms in the main cabin. One of the chimneys has been rebuilt as it once stood.

The extension to the rear of the main cabin is a two-room slave dwelling from the Welham Plantation with its original roof and walls. It is approximately 140 years old. To the rear of this cabin are the restrooms. They are unique in their own way. They were constructed from a cypress water cistern that was used to store fresh rain water. The partitions in the restrooms are from the Old Crow Distillery in New Orleans, which was demolished in 1970.

The main dining room built onto the back of the Cabin was designed to resemble a garconnier (the visiting bachelor’s quarters on a River Road plantation). French doors open to a brick courtyard surrounded by two more slave cabins, both from the Helvetia Plantation, and dominated by the Schoolhouse--the restored, first Black Catholic School in Louisiana originally built in 1865 by the sisters of the Sacred Heart. Back in the main dining room, the roof is supported by four massive beams that were manufacturer’s rejects obtained for a bottle of Old Crow bourbon.

“Rock” the alligator was carved from a virgin cypress sinker log. This log was cut down approximately 100 to 120 years ago on the banks of the Amite River. It had been laying in mud on the river bed when it was finally retrieved on April 20, 1988, and sculpted by James Schexnaydre into the “Largest Alligator in the World!” Our goal is to preserve some of the local farming history, serve meals typical of the River Road tradition, and make your visit a relaxed and memorable one.

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Latitude: 30.151082 Longitude: -90.923995 Elevation: 16 ft
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Hours Open

Sunday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Seasons Open

All seasons

Price Style for this Establishment

$$ - $11 to $30

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Al and Theresa Robert have collected and preserved buildings from the River Road and nearby communities for more than 40 years. Al uses his passion to create successful businesses with local flavor in the restored historical buildings while Theresa adds the finishing touches.

In addition to The Cabin Restaurant, their projects include Bernadette's Restaurant in Burnside, The Cajun Village Cottages and the Cajun Village and the buildings that house River Parishes Community College, both in Sorrento, Louisiana.

Each business venture is a series of original Acadian buildings discovered, purchased, moved and renovated. Many of these historical treasures were saved from demolition. All provide tourists, locals and students a taste of what life was like more than 100 years ago in Ascension Parish.

The Cajun Village Cottages is the Roberts' newest venture, providing a delightfully comfortable place to relax and enjoy a bit of history first hand.

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