We hoped to see a Southern plantation. The glass of wine when arriving was nice. And the guide was very thorough for what she had to work with. But be aware that the house was not really "authentic." It was not fully completed until long after the civil war. Then it burned in the 1990s and was rebuilt. You can only visit about five rooms on the main floor, where there is about one piece of furniture per room that belonged to the original owners' descendants, but the rest is a collection by the current owners. The upper floors are closed to the public. When we asked where the slave cabins were, the guide wasn't sure.
You learn a lot about the rebuilding of the house, but relatively little about the slavery. Plus, there is a lot for sale, and even a box asking for donations so they could build a "slave cabin." If you're hoping to have a more authentic "plantation" experience, visit the New Orleans area. This feels like a replica where the owners really need to pay for upkeep of the house by inviting tourists in each day. We're giving three stars because we liked the people giving the tour and the snacks at the end of it. But just 1 star for the "plantation" experience.
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