About Burden

Bradley Bordelon  |  2/5/2018 7:53:27 PM

Siblings Steele and Ione Burden standing outside one of the 19th century buildings at the LSU Rural Life Museum.

A farm bell stands in a blue sky at the LSU Rural Life Museum.

Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie and Rose Garden.

Family and friends sitting on the porch of the Burden family home in Windrush Gardens, circa 1920.

The Burden family home circa 1920.

A panoramic view of some of the 19th century rural Louisiana homes at the LSU Rural Life Museum

The Hostler's House tucked away under the shade of oak trees and crape myrtles.

Steele Burden's studio, the Garden House, sits in a shady spot in Windrush Gardens.

Steele Burden, Jeanette Monroe Burden, Pike Burden and another family member standing in the garden.

Steele Burden and another gentleman standing behind statuary in Windrush Gardens.

A statue stands over a sugar kettle in the lush gardens of Windrush.

History

Burden 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. These events include:

  • 25th Annual Ione E. Burden Symposium
  • A Rural Life Christmas
  • An Evening at Windrush
  • An Old Fashioned Easter Celebration
  • Children’s Gardening Series
  • Corn Maze at Burden
  • Garden Fest
  • Gourmet in the Garden
  • Haints, Haunts and Halloween
  • Harvest Days
  • Master Gardener Plant Sale
  • Night Maze and Bonfire
  • Poinsettia Show and Sale
  • Red Rooster Bash
  • Rural Life Apprentice Program
  • Wine & Roses
  • Zapp’s International Beerfest


Maps

Burden Museum And Gardens

Lsu Rural Life Museum

Lsu AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Windrush Gardens

Trees And Trails

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