The White House Bed and Breakfast is a long-standing reflection of Ponchatoula’s rich history as a small city with a big sense of community. The house was originally built in 1876, just 15 years after Ponchatoula became incorporated as a town.
The French colonial architecture of the home represents the decadent culture of the original colonization of the French settlers that still influence Louisiana today. Its style provides a warm and inviting level of comfort with unique architectural features including a large front porch, high ceilings, French doors and long leaf hardwood throughout the house.
In the late 1800’s, Ponchatoula’s primary export was lumber, and the White House originally provided housing for loggers. Later, when the town’s attention shifted to commercial farming, it was used to house several generations of local strawberry farmers. This makes the White House a true staple of the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The house is also in close proximity to the annual Strawberry Festival, which takes place in April. It is one of the largest free festivals in Louisiana, second only to Mardi Gras.
Ponchatoula is also known as “America’s Antique City.” There is an abundance of Louisiana culture, local food, timeless antiques, architecture and art to be found throughout downtown. Because of this, the city focuses heavily on tourism today, and visitors claim that a trip to Ponchatoula is like taking a few steps back in time. The city of Ponchatoula is an attraction in and of itself, and the White House sits just a few blocks from the city’s heart.
The city gets it’s name from the Choctaw Indian language. “Ponchatoula” means “hanging hair,” terminology the indians used to describe the beauty of the Spanish moss they found hanging from local trees. This unique plant life can still be found hanging from the many live oaks located on the property.