Questions and answers:
Q: What time are you open?
A: Rip Van Winkle Gardens is open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Cafe Jefferson is open from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm on weekdays and 11:00 am until 3:00 pm on weekends.
Q: What are your rates to tour the gardens?
A: Admission tickets are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors 65 years old and older, $10.00 for milliary and veterans, and $6.00 for children 6 years old to 17 years old. Call for a group rate of 20 or more people. Tour consist of a guided tour of the Joseph Jefferson Mansion, walk through tour of the gardens, and the movie based on the property.
Q: Is the gardens a drive through gardens?
A: The gardens consist of roughly 15 acres, which is about one and a half mile loop around the gardens. There are some very tight spaces in the gardens causing it to be a walk through only gardens.
Q: Are there any ghost on the property?
A: Although we can not confirm if there are actual ghost on the property, multiple workers and visitors do see a little girl around the gardens. Employees do hear foot steps in the buildings when no one else is around. Sometimes there is a strong smell of baby powder in the mansion! Many people do believe it is haunted because of the treasure hidden on the property by the pirate, Jean Lafitte, saying his spirit is still present throughout the gardens.