As a resident of the Greater New Orleans Area, I have driven past this plantation often and have always wondered about it. I knew it was beautiful from the outside but have always been interested to see the inside and learn about it. So we decided to be tourists in our own state and check it out and are glad we did.
Our tour guide, Judy, did a good job explaining the history of the house and the property. I had no idea that an oil company owned it at one point and, sadly, that for a while it was in disrepair and that vandals took everything out of it except a huge tub that is on the second floor today. That part of it's history was truly dissappointing, but the house has been restored and has items and furniture in it to help you imagine what it would have been like when it was in its true splendor. One of my favorite parts was standing on the upstairs gallery and looking out over the grounds; I wish we would have had a little more time to do that and take pictures from that standpoint.
At one point on the tour, we watched an 8 minute video that I would have preferred not to have had to watch. Judy had previously given us most of the information in it, and I am quite confident she could have given us the rest. It was much more personable having her give us the information.
After the tour, we had an interesting demonstration from a blacksmith that we enjoyed as well. We walked around the grounds some after that. The grounds are well kept and there are apparently other demonstrations as well, but none were taking place other than the blacksmith.
This tour was a nice informative tour, and I am glad I finally got to see more than just the view from my car while driving by.
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