James J. Buquet Pavilion Venue

The pavilion is available for wedding ceremonies, receptions, birthday and anniversaries parties, family reunions, crawfish boils, picnics, corporate dinners, employee gatherings, client receptions, church, civic, non-profit events, and much more!

The Buquet Pavilion complements the beautiful outdoor setting of the Southdown grounds with views of Southdown Plantation House, majestic live oak trees, open green lawns, and proximity to Little Bayou Black. The Pavilion and ten acres of surrounding grounds can accommodate hundreds of guests and offer convenience of modern facilities and ample parking. The 10,000 square-ft (approximately 125 feet by 80 feet) open-air pavilion features wood trusses, wood deck ceiling, dark green metal roof, ceiling fans, lamp-light fixtures, numerous electrical outlets, brick columns, brick enclosed restrooms and storage/service/kitchen commissary are with refrigerator, freezer and triple sink.


Buquet Pavilion is available for Weddings, Family Reunions, Company Functions, Fundraisers & more. See our Rental Rates here.

Rates do not include fees for required Security Officer/s or Insurance coverage. Rates are based on a 12-hour rental period for the Pavilion which includes your set-up/decorating and clean-up times.

The front porch of Southdown Plantation House and its Grounds are available to use with your Pavilion rental for ceremonies or gatherings.

Tables and Metal Folding Chairs and Setup of both are included in your rental. It is recommended that the Metal Folding Chairs are Slip-Covered for Formal Events.

Available for Use with Rental are:
Round Tables (5 Ft Diameter)
Short Rectangle Tables (72″ x 30″ Top)
Long Rectangle Tables (96.5″ x 30″ Top)
Black Metal Folding Chairs (Recommended to cover for Formal Events)
Kitchen Facility with Refrigerators and Sinks – No Stove or Oven

We also have  Formal White Folding Chairs available for rent. Click here to view them.

Rental Party is responsible for Caterer, Decorator, Linens, Equipment, etc.

For more information or to schedule a tour of the facilities, please contact the office at 985-851-0154

We are located at 1208 Museum Dr. near LA Hwy 311 and St. Charles St (LA 664) in Houma, 60 miles southwest of New Orleans via US Hwy 90 to Exit #200. The Southdown buildings and grounds are owned and operated by the Terrebonne Historical & Cultural Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of history, culture, and the arts in Terrebonne Parish.