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LSU Rural Life Museum expands; Burden Museum and Gardens

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POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:04pm

If you like the LSU Rural Life Museum, you're going love it even more now. The Burden family donated even more land to make the attraction bigger and better than ever.

At the LSU Rural Life Museum, history comes to life. It's full of artifacts that tell the story of the people of louisiana. Now, that story is even more captivating thanks to the Burden family.

"The Burden Family would have wanted this. They saw this property as one place with a particular purpose," David Floyd, the director of the LSU Rural Life Museum said. "The purpose was a green space, and to be a beloved place for people of Baton Rouge to come and enjoy."

Now, they can enjoy the 400 acres of property behind the Rural Life museum. Property that's the Burdens have owned for more than 200 years.

"Now we're including other parts of the property that were kind of restricted, so the woods, the trees and trails, the botanic gardens, the swamp walks, and such to that degree," Floyd said.

Something the community has wanted to see for long time.

"Part of this decision was the community telling us what they wanted, and they wanted more access to property. They wanted to come to it on a regular basis."

Since the Botanic and Windrush gardens will be accessible to the public. Floyd said, that alone, will bring more people to the museum.

"People who may not be interested in old houses or history, but interested in floricultural and horticultural and such," Floyd said. "They will discover the Rural Life Museum and vice versa."

For Carol Goldsmith, it's exciting because this piece of history is a part of her family's history.

"My children and my grandchildren live here. My son's a junior docent, and we've done the Trees and Trails on a Sunday afternoon several times. We're gearing up for that corn maze," Goldsmith said. "It's a hidden oasis in Baton Rouge, and that gives you just an escape."

The facility is now called Burden Museum and Gardens, and the gardens are open to the public.   

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