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"Louisiana" ? "Plantations" !
and... "Gone with the wind", right ?
Louisiana still keeps many plantations (houses), of which many have been restored.
The most famous are along the Mississippi River, between New Orleans and
Baton Rouge, and I will briefly present some of them...
Let's start with the All-Star
of the plantations :
Oak Alley : "L'allée de Chênes"
is indeed with this alley that everything began here around 1700.
settler, probably attracted by the coming foundation of New Orleans, acquires
this land and plants there a double row of 28 oak trees, thus forming a 400 meters
long alley leading to the Mississippi.
hides behind her nephew...
the picture, you'll see me better ;)
this settler did not survive in the though conditions that were prominent at the
time, and could not pursue his dream...
trees continued to grow and embellish this land, which in 1834 was offered by
Jacques Roman, a rich planter, to his new wife.
The house was finished
around 1841, supported by 28 columns, you guess why... It was named "Bon
Séjour" (Happy Stay), but the steamboat captains, seeing this gorgeous oak
trees alley from the Mississippi, gave it the name that stayed : "Oak Alley".
30 years later, the last surviving son had to sell the plantation for a today
ridiculous amount : 30 000 dollars...
A Portuguese man bought it and grew sugar
His children not being interested, he had to sell it
20 years later, and went to Jefferson Hardin who kept it only 7 years. But
in 7 years, he did a lot for Oak Alley, particularly saving the oak trees from
being cut down by the authorities.
good company and a good "Mint Julep"...
godson dreams, back to a 300 year old oak tree...
in 1924, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart bought the plantation and began to restore it completely.
before her death, having survived her husband more than 25 years, Josephine Stewart
created a non-profit organization to maintain the house and open it to visitors.
you, Madam, from the bottom of my heart.
Famous also, and not only for its
Tragically however, the main house
burned to the ground in 2002...
You could stay in one of the bungalows,
it's a bed & breakfast !
little expensive, but each bungalow is different, very well equipped, and, well...
What an experience !
No, the picture on the right is not misplaced...
at Tezcuco that we met the Corvette Club on a journey !
dozens of Corvettes entering a quiet parking lot, i can assure you it is impressive...
And their owners were among the nicest persons we met.
the same kind of vestiges...
My aunt's name
being Hélène, we had to stop by
Ashland "Belle Hélène"
though this plantation has been bought by an oil company who does not seem to
take great care of it... Except for the fences !
(If I remember
Another nice plantation...
But let's not forget that all these
houses were the slaves owners'... The slaves
quarters in most plantations have disappeared, another
sign of the difference of quality between them !
alley does not compare to the other,
but I wouldn't spit on it anyway !
than a country house, hmm ?
favorite ! It's a steamboat captain who had this unique one built, half
steamboat and half-house, with "Tex-Mex" colors.
the down side : today it is bordered with a road, a parking lot and a refinery
To learn more, check out these
Web sites :
See also : Nottoway
Plantation (the largest)
But I still have more
to show you : Tourism in Louisiana
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