Volunteer Opportunities


  • Docent cooks serve as interpreters of the museum's open-hearth kitchen. The Magnolia Mound kitchen is a reproduction of what might have been present in the early 1800s, since the original has long since disappeared. Open-hearth cooking demonstrations are scheduled from October through May.
  • Docent cooks help to give the visitor a deeper understanding and appreciation of the life on a plantation using old cooking methods


  • Docents serve as interpreters (tour guides) of the historic house. On days when there are no cooking demonstrations the docents also server as interpreters in the kitchen. A visit to Magnolia Mound includes an interpreter-led tour through nine rooms of the circa 1791 Historic House. The furnishings include a blend of French, Anglo-American, and Louisiana antiques that demonstrate the life-ways of the typical French Creole Planter Class.
  • Docents help to give the visitor a deeper understanding and appreciation of the life on a plantation.


  • Greet visiting school children
  • Lead activities in which the Education Docent will present historical information related to a specific topic
  • Encourage interaction between yourself and students about the information presented.
  • Involve students in hands on activities that occurred on nineteenth century plantations.
  • Facilitate and direct school groups in between programs.
  • Be a positive influence on students who visit Magnolia Mound.

All volunteers go through a comprehensive training program at the plantation.

For more information

Contact the volunteer coordinator: MK Merchant