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A Week In the Bayou, Day 6(b), May 6, 2008: Laura Plantation

May 30th, 2008 (05:22 pm)
calm

current mood: calm

After the swamp tour on May 6, I drove to one of the nearby historic plantations to take a tour. Laura Plantation is particularly interesting because it was a Creole plantation. The Creoles followed inheritance customs that were different from the English-based ones in use among most planters in America at the time. Instead of bequeathing all of the family property and business to the oldest son, as most Southern plantation owners did, Creole parents chose the child they felt was best suited to run things. In this family, it was a girl every time. So Laura Plantation was owned and run by four generations of the women in the family.


3:26 p.m. Laura Plantation
3:26 p.m. Laura Plantation
Though the family lived here 9 months of the year, Creoles considered a plantation house to be a place of business. The real family home was in New Orleans, where they would live in the off-season for parties and socializing. Here at Laura Plantation, they were too busy growing sugarcane to bother with frivolous pursuits. Because it was their workplace and because their culture favored a simpler lifestyle, a Creole plantation house was much less opulent than, say, Tara or Twelve Oaks. Still, they had some pretty nice digs here! I was interested in all the architectural adaptations designed to help people keep cool in the steamy climate, like the useful shaded area under the porch.
3:26 Live Oak
3:26 Live Oak
3:21 p.m. Palm Tree
3:21 p.m. Palm Tree
3:50 p.m. Looking Out Over the Veranda
3:50 p.m. Looking Out Over the Veranda
4:18 p.m. Slave Cabins
4:18 p.m. Slave Cabins
These two original slave cabins on the property were still in use as housing for sharecroppers as recently as the 1970s.
4:23 p.m.
4:23 p.m.
These were growing on a hedge in front of the slave cabins.
4:26 p.m. Curtains
4:26 p.m. Curtains
I just love this photo, shot inside one of the cabins.

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Posted by: xscottallen (xscottallen)
Posted at: May 31st, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Lot's of plantings on the plantation

And rightly so.
Also appropropriate is your Forrest Gump-style hat.
Thank you for sharing your week. ~Scott

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: June 1st, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: Lot's of plantings on the plantation

Hey, Scott! Is that a Forrest Gump style hat? I haven't seen the movie in a while (funny, I noticed it was just on this afternoon) and don't remember what Tom Hanks wore in it. Bubba Gump shrimp hat? Mine in the photos is really just a baseball cap with a BookCrossing logo. I guess that makes it a literature geek cap.

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