February 09, 2009

Grand Opening of the new Visitors Center at Kent House

The Kent Plantation House Board of Directors are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the new Visitors Center located on the Kent House site. The ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday, February 19th at 10 a.m. The entire project from announcement to completion spanned a six year period which included three governors; Governors Mike Foster, Kathleen Blanco and Bobby Jindal.

This multi-purpose building was built with Capital Outlay funds through the Louisiana State Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism - Office of State Parks. The nearly two million dollar building was built by local construction company Westerchil Construction.

The new Visitor’s Center is approximately 4,000 square feet and provides ample space for greeting visitors, as well as providing educational, administrative, conference, instructional, and storage needs. The Center also includes rental spaces and special rates will be implemented as part of the Grand Opening event.

“This building is absolutely beautiful and functional at the same time,” explained Alice Scarborough, Executive Director of the Kent House. "It will allow for additional space for our education programs and exhibits as well as serve as a perfect backdrop for weddings, receptions and meetings.”

“The Kent Plantation House is an educational, cultural and historical landmark for the central Louisiana area and we are thrilled with the new Visitor’s Center,” said Amy Robertson, President of the Kent House Board of Directors. “We invite everyone in the community to attend the grand opening and take a tour.”

For more information about the new Kent House Visitor’s Center and the upcoming Grand Opening contact the Kent House office at (318) 487-5998.

By: Alice Scarborough, Executive Director, Kent Plantation House