Magnolia Plantation, Cotton Press-Gin, LA Route 119, Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, LA
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1988 Charles E. Peterson Prize, Honorable Mention
Significance: The Magnolia plantation gin house contains one of only two known examples of an enclosed, wood-screw cotton press. The press is constructed of massive cypress timbers and is structurally integrated into the frame of the building. In addition, the gin house also contains a two-gin stand, a mechanical distributor, separator, condenser and dual-box hydraulic press, examples of some of the most significant technologies shaping southern cotton production in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. See HAER No. LA-11.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-106
Survey number: HABS LA-1193-A
Building/structure dates: ca. 1830 Initial Construction
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 79001071