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On Location with The Big Valley’s Barkley House, Part I

In the lush rolling hills of West Feliciana Parish, a magnificent southern belle sits in the cool shadows of ancient oak trees. It’s Rosedown Historic Plantation home, soon be the Barkley House in the movie The Big Valley, which will be filming here in Southeast Louisiana.  Stephen Moyer has been cast as Jared.

For more information on the movie, you can read about it here in a previous article on AllStephen.

Rosedown Plantation Home will be the location for the exterior shots of the Barkley house. Built in 1835 by Daniel and Martha Turnbull, the estate is now a Louisiana state historic site. Almost all the furnishings and floor/wall coverings inside are originals, which explains why most of the filming will not be taking place inside. Flash photography is not even allowed, as the curators fear it will alter the colors of the precious items. Much of the furniture has pineapples carved in it; it is the symbol of hospitality here. You set out a pineapple to let guests know they’re welcome, and take it away when you’re ready for them to go.

Although the interiors will not be in the movie, I included a few pictures so you could see how gorgeous this place is.  Since I couldn’t use the flash on my camera, a couple of the photos are fuzzy. The last photo is a tapestry made by President George Washington’s wife, Martha.

You can click on the pictures to make them larger.

The exterior grounds are amazing. The huge oak trees dotting the land were planted 10 years before the house was built, making them around 175 years old.

These are photos of the “oak allee”, an important architectural element which channels the breeze up to the house in the summertime. A new gate with a “B” for “Barkley” has been installed at the end of the allee.

The geometric gardens are patterned after the ones at the Palace of Versailles in France, and the flowers it produced were a source of income for Martha Turnbull after the boll weevil plague wiped out the cotton crops.

There will be a few interior shots inside the smaller buildings, such as “Nina’s House”, and another smaller house. They were locked tight, as the movie company has already remodeled them for filming.

In Part 2, I will show you the interior setting of the Barkley house.  If you would like more information on this house, you can go to: www.nps.gov/travel/louisiana.

Article and photos by Lisafemmeacadienne.

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Kay
Kay

Bad choice of actors, especially when you compare them to the originals. The house being used as the interior looks like garbage compared to the interior of the original Barkley house. Bad choice of colors and wallpaper patterns.

arlene
arlene

no affence by why would you want to even do a movie at all? It's a lack of respect to the actors that origanaly played in it. It is one thing to do a biography in order to show how they lived or in honor of them,but to redo thier work, steal the idea and premise according the  to the show. I guess its partly  the generation of today for wanting someones orignal work and redoing it. I'm really starting to think stuff is really getting bad out there. The movie prodcers and directors are so pathetic they can't even make a movie or show without stealing someone eles ideas and not being able to truly call it thier own. Shame on linda evans and lee majors for endorsing it.No respect is being shown to barbra stanwyk- the golden age of hollywood and matriarch to the show big valley, peter breck- died this year recently in febuary and went through a long battle of dementia, and richard long- wo didn't have a real chance to live for he died 5 years later from when the show had ended. The lack of respect is insulting and rude. It should be banned because it is so pathetic! If you call yourselves "film-critics' you got another thing coming! If this is all those so called producers deciding and coming up with this because it STINKS!

 

 

 

Steph
Steph

If you want to know all about Rosedown Plantation, there is a whole chapter about it in Harnett Kane's Plantation Parade...The Chapter's name is 'Rosedown: Built for a Belle'

Bill's Elizabeth
Bill's Elizabeth

Thank you Lisa! The inside should be what Bill's house should look like on TB! I am so looking forward to this movie!

wiwa
wiwa

Thanks for the great photos and info. I am really looking forward to seeing all this, and Stephen, on the big screen

Cherie
Cherie

Lisa, thanks so much for the report, and the fantastic photos. The place looks gorgeous.

MarleneEmmett
MarleneEmmett

The house that is going to be used for the Barkley house is nice. In the miniseries "North & South" there was a Southern Plantation house, called "Oak Alley" ~and this house in the photo isn't it. or does any house with Oak trees can it be called "Oak Alley"???

Vessy
Vessy

Lovely indeed!

callonmebill
callonmebill

Thank you Lisa for your great report on Rosedown and the pictures are fascinating. Waiting for part 2.

willkill4Bill
willkill4Bill

Such a lovely old home. It looks like it has really been well cared for and loved. Thanks Lisa for doing the leg work to show this to us.

mbb
mbb

you're the bestest lisa! hmmm, somethings missing though. oh, i know!!! lol!! love the set so far. stephen will dress it up even more.

Lynnpd
Lynnpd

Looks lovely Lisa. Love reading about these locations. Thanks!

luvinbill
luvinbill

Nice job Lisa, what a beautiful place!

Rowena
Rowena

Gorgeous photographic journey, Lisa. Thank you so much for the write up and the amazing pictures. Rosedown and environs are stunning. I'm looking forward to Part 2. Crossing my fingers that the delay in filming won't keep Stephen from participating in the project.

Lisafemmeacadienne
Lisafemmeacadienne

The house from "North and South" is the next article. :D Most plantation homes here in Louisiana have an "oak allee". It was a standard feature, and it really does channel the wind up to the house. When I went to Rosedown, it was 97 degrees, but it was almost comfortable in the oak allee area. There is a plantation home called "Oak Alley" in Vacherie, La. It was where "Interview with a Vampire" was filmed.

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