The rose garden is still there and so is the LSU Rural Life Museum, but the 440-acre oasis of country in the heart of Baton Rouge now has a new name: Burden Museum and Gardens.
The consolidation of the LSU-run Rural Life Museum and the LSU Agricultural Center Botanic Gardens on the property just off Essen Lane near Interstate 10 reflects the mission of the Burden Foundation for the property.
“We’re working to rebrand this entire property to make it a destination,” said John Russin, vice chancellor for the LSU Agricultural Center.
Formerly known as the Burden Center, the property’s history goes back to the late 1800s when it was known as the Windrush Plantation.
After the land was handed down for generations, family members wanted to preserve the area for agriculture, research, education and public enjoyment.
“I’ve been at LSU for a little over a year now and I remember my first trip to Burden,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell. He was amazed at the beauty of the place located just off a busy highway in the middle of a city. “Just an oasis that means so much to LSU and the community,” he said.
About 60 people attended the announcement Thursday to rebrand the site under one name and to make the Burden Museum and Gardens a destination site for visitors. As part of the new identity, the entire site will have the same hours of operations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., new signage and a new joint website at http://www.discoverburden.com/.
“It was time to blend these two together,” Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for Agriculture, said about the parts of the property that are run through LSU and those run through LSU Agricultural Center.