It is true though, I am drawn to the Old South. There's just something about the abundance, the poverty, the joy, and the pain that encircled the time period that is fascinating to me. If you ever tour a plantation, you will know exactly what I'm talking about. It is history and it is intriguing. So here is a recap of our trip and if touring homes is your thing, I highly suggest all of these beautiful homes!
The first stop Oak Alley.
Oak Alley is one of my favorite plantations and considering they have 200-1,500 visitors each day, I'm not the only one who is drawn to it. Sugar cane and slavery kept this plantation running, but after the Civil War it was abandoned. No one wanted the house and cows literally moved in and stomped all over the marble floors. In 1925, The Stewarts restored Oak Alley and helped turn it into the house that it is today.
Can't you just see Hagan & Annie June in those beds:)
This plaque had all the names of the slaves and how much they cost that lived & worked at Oak Alley. It was so incredibly sad & gut-wrenching. After the tour we had lunch at Oak Alley, shopped in the gift shop, and then headed to our next stop.
The second stop Houmas House.
Houmas House was mom's favorite of all the plantations. The grounds were absolutely gorgeous & the tour guide was so fun and over the top. I wish we would have eaten here instead! Houmas House went into despair after the Great Depression. Kevin Kelly, a Lousiana businessman, bought and restored the house in 2003 and turned it into what it is today. Houma's house has so much to offer & we didn't get to see even a fraction of it, so we hope to go back one day!
The spiral staircase that "The Sugar Palace" was known for!
This was a really cool part of the house. It was a covered breezeway that the horse carriages could pull through so no one had to get wet in the rain.
You never see kitchens (because real fireplaces cooked food and they didn't want to burn the house down) or bathrooms (no electricity or plumbing) in plantation homes. This piss pot was about as good as it gets.
Love my sissy. You're never too old to match pajamas with your sister:)
Just for the record, I was.
It was just a great, fun trip. We are all still talking about how much fun we had!!! It's a trip I'll never forget:)