Thursday, May 5, 2011

Louisiana - Laura Plantation (May 2, 2011)

May 2, 2011 - Laura Plantation - Promised Photos

Our second plantation was a Creole plantation named "Laura". Of course, I had to check out my sister's namesake!! I don't know about you, but I had no idea of the difference between a Creole plantation and an American (southern) plantation. As it turns out, the Creole's took a very different view of the plantation. The Creole's view of the main plantation home was an an office while their residences were normally in New Orleans town. As such, the home was much smaller and more focused on business meetings than lavish entertaining. As a matter of fact, the American Southern Gentlemen were scandalized when they viewed the Elizabeth's (the owner and president) bed while meeting with her for business purposes. This particular plantation had its last family owner write her memoirs in a book that I purchased. A great plantation to challenge your thoughts of how all plantations worked.

The Creole Plantation - You can tell from the beginning that this will be a different home.

The front door to the home that no one except cats, dogs & mosquitos used.  The side doors into the plantation offices were used instead of the front doors.

The dining room - Much simpler than the typical American Plantation of the time.

The store room for kitchen supplies just off the dining room - Notice the unique brick and wooden pillar construction of this home.
 For more information on the Plantation or the book, visit their website at

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