New Iberia
Rip Van Winkle
Gardens
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In 1869, the famous American
actor Joseph Jefferson purchased
Orange Island, a peninsula of
Lake Peigneur in New Iberia.
Here, he built the Joseph
Jefferson mansion atop a salt
dome and surrounded it with
acres of lush gardens. Orange
Island is now known as Jefferson
Island in his honor. There are
350 year old oak trees on the
property, and the house is listed
on the National Register of
Historic Places.
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Rip Van Winkle Gardens
In 1859, Jefferson made a
dramatic adaptation of Rip Van
Winkle and continued staring in
 
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Rip Van Winkle Gardens
A beautiful walk along the side of
the house
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Cottages at Rip Van Winkle Gardens
The servants quarters and cook’s
cottage now serve as a bed and
breakfast on the property
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Rip Van Winkle Gardens
The house is four stories with a
cupola at the top. It reflects
elegant elements of the Victorian
 
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Majestic oaks!
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