HistoryBurden Museum and Gardens began in the late 1800s as Windrush Plantation, a wedding gift to John Charles Burden and Emma Gertrude Barbee. The home and property were passed down through the generations until they reached the three children of William Pike Burden Sr. and Ollie Steele: Ione Easter Burden, William Pike Burden Jr., and Ollie Steele Burden. Following their brother’s death, William Pike Burden, Jr., Ione and Steele began donating the property to the LSU System to nurture and develop the Burden legacy. Love for their family, their ancestral home and the community sparked the idea to preserve Windrush by creating a place that would foster agricultural and horticultural research, provide a destination for generations to appreciate and learn about Louisiana’s rich rural and cultural heritage, and give people a place to experience the beauty of the natural world. Today, Burden Museum and Gardens is guided by the generosity and vision of the Burden family through the stewardship of the Burden Foundation, LSU and the LSU AgCenter. Annual Events Burden Museum and Gardens is an ideal place to hold corporate and private events and hosts numerous events throughout the year.
The 440-acre Burden Museum and Gardens offers you discovery and adventure in the heart of Baton Rouge. This window into Louisiana's rich cultural past provides historic, natural and educational experiences, and it is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the flora and fauna of Louisiana's lush landscapes and agricultural heritage.