Burden: The History & The Legacy

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:

  • Arbor Day at Burden
  • Zapp’s Beerfest
  • Brush with Burden
  • Old Fashioned Easter Celebration
  • Spring Sing at Windrush
  • Master Gardener Plant Sale
  • Summer Camp
  • Garden Fest at Burden
  • Harvest Days and Scarecrow Festival
  • Corn Maze at Burden
  • Night Maze
  • Haints, Haunts and Halloween
  • A Rural Life Christmas


Visit for a full list of events.

9/6/2013 1:32:10 AM
Rate This Article:

Have a question or comment about the information on this page?

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture