Woodland Plantation was built in the 1830s by one of America’s first chief river pilots, Captain William Johnson. Captain Johnson and his partner, George Bradish, were sea captains/pirates from Nova Scotia who had come down to the Deep Delta in the late 1700s and worked for river pilot Juan Ronquillo.

In 1793, just before the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, Captains Johnson and Bradish built a grand home, Magnolia Plantation, 4 miles south of where Woodland now stands. Both families lived at Magnolia for 40 or so years until William sold his shares of Magnolia and built Woodland.

Captain Johnson and his 4 sons built a thriving sugar cane plantation with one of the most modern mills of its time. William was also in partnership with the famous pirate, Jean Lafitte. Lafitte would pirate ships off shore then bring the slaves up Grand Bayou, which was a short cut to the Gulf of Mexico from Woodland, and hold then at 4 large two-story brick slave quarters. These buildings were built at the same time as Magnolia but on the site where Woodland would eventually be built. From there Captains Johnson and Bradish would pick up the slaves and trade them up and down the river.

These quarters were knocked down in the early 1960s by hurricane Betsy. Spirits Hall, moved to Woodland in 1998, now sits on the site that had seen all of this pain and suffering. We felt that this had a healing effect on the property.

Section of the Original sketch by Alfred Waud of
Woodland Plantation, 1871


Originally Established


Renovated & Opened as an Inn

Bradish Johnson, the third son who eventually owned Woodland, died in 1897 and his heirs sold the property to the Wilkinsons, who owned it until 1997. The Creppels, Claire, Jacques and son Foster, bought it at a public auction in a terrible state of disrepair. It was completely renovated in 1997-1998 and opened in 1999 as a beautifully restored nine room country inn.

The Big House ❘ Before & After

The Old Cabin ❘ Before & After

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Does this label look familiar?

A Home on the Mississippi Currier and Ives

Look closer! The art work by Currier and Ives is actually Woodland Plantation.

Woodland‘s Big House was depicted in the famous painting, “A Home on the Mississippi.” It was commissioned by the United States government in 1871 as a part of a documentary program on the Mississippi River.

John Doe