Submitted by FHMaster on Sat, 12/17/2016 - 18:44

Iberville Parish records show that Tally Ho was owned by Jean Fleming, a free man of color, sometime before 1855. There were several more owners after Fleming. John Dobbins Murrell of Virginia bought the plantation in 1848, and it has remained in the family ever since. The home is said to have been moved back from the Mississippi River twice and the main house burned in 1945. The name Tally Ho is said to reflect Murrell's fox-hunting background. The current house is what was used as the overseer's home. It is a raised Acadian cottage with Classical Revival influences.

The plantation's river dock was the site of showboat performances. The New Sensations, the first of the Mississippi River troubadours, stopped there in 1878 to perform a vaudeville-type show. The barn, office and a slave cabin remain down a side road.

Tally Ho.JPG

Historic Significance: Person, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
Architectural Style: Greek Revival
Historic Person: Murrell,John D.
Significant Year: 1840
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1825-1849
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-function: Single Dwelling


Bayou Goula
30°12′12″N 91°10′13″W
River Road, Bayou Goula
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