We visited Jefferson Island near New Iberia, Louisiana. Joseph Jefferson made his fortune in the 1850-1900 as a famous actor. His most famous work was a play depicting Rip Van Winkle. He purchased Jefferson Island in 1870 and built the mansion. He used it as a summer home, he lived there 3 months out of the year. The rest of the year was divided up between his 3 other homes; one in Massachusetts, one in New Jersey, and one in Florida.