Father’s Day Part Deux

June 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Father’s Day Part Deux… My favorite part about Halloween growing up had little to do with the candy. I was more interested in ringing the the door bell and waiting for the front door to swing open. When grown-ups would pass out candy and comment on how great my costume was, I was looking straight past them and into their house. I always loved seeing how others live and decorate. Can you imagine trick-or-treating back in the mid 1800s? Suffice it to say, no need for scary decorations. Many of the plantation homes lining the Mississippi River have enough creepiness decorations would just be overkill.

Sunday before Dad caught his flight out we ventured to Vacherie, Louisiana. A little less than an hour outside New Orleans, Vacherie is home to several beautiful and historic plantations. Up and down the Mississippi river, plantations producing sugar cane and cotton in the mid 1800s dominated the river’s trade export.  At the time, over 70% of the United States wealthiest lived along the river from New Orleans up to Baton Rouge. Today, you can visit these plantations and see for yourself the immaculate preservation of the homes. Each one offers tours of the home and a history of the family that lived on the property. It’s a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Even if you get a bit of a rain, like we did.

Inside a slave cabin 

Oak Alley Historical Landmark

Tree Canopy


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