The historic Gillis W. Long Center in Carville, Louisiana was built to serve East Baton Rouge, Ascension, and Iberville Parishes. Once the location of a sugar camp plantation called Indian Camp, the Gillis W. Long Center is named for General Camp, a War of 1812 Veteran who first owned this land.
The architect Henry Howard—who’s responsible for Nottoway Plantation in White Castle—built the main house on the property in the 1850s. This mansion was called “Woodlawn” and is visible when you enter the main gates of the Gillis W. Long Center. This post is responsible for providing operational and training support and resources in support of the units of the Louisiana National Guard.
The property is also home to the National Hansen’s Disease Museum. This historical site served as an international quarantine for patients afflicted with Hansen’s disease (leprosy). The museum honors these individuals and celebrates the medical staff. Admission is free.