unMonday: plantation patterns

This weekend my parents were visiting, and we decided to go see some historical spots around Louisiana. Oakland Plantation was our first plantation to visit, and ended up being our last… wandering around in the 90 degree heat with 90%+ humidity… we were ready for some air conditioning and relaxation after that! I was so thirsty and tired; I can’t imagine having to work out in fields with the sun beating down on you like that all day. I’m pretty sure I would’ve died.

It was really neat to get to walk around and see though. We have old “ghost towns” in Montana that are a bunch of empty places like this (from our “wild west” and mining days) that you can walk through and see, but this had a completely different feel. They haven’t moved the buildings from their original spots, so you are seeing everything exactly as it was when it was a functioning place. I have more pictures to process and share, but here are a couple of the overseer’s house – the patterns were interesting.

The exterior looked like layers of shingling.

The wood panels have lasted pretty well. There were layers of different linoleum on the floor (you can see the red with flowers in this pic), and different wallpaper and wallhangings were still up in a few patches in the rooms too. Pretty crazy to walk around and imagine how things were. These buildings were all established around 1800. Quite old… It was all established by the French and the main house and farming started in pre-colonial times even! It’s also one of the few homes in this region that wasn’t burned down by the Union Army during the Civil War. I guess when the Confederates lost and were retreating, the owner burned all his own fields and the Union Army just passed by them then. They burned every other home in the area and burned the entire neighboring city to the ground too. Interesting history to get to see – since I am much more familiar with our “northern” history and have seen things like the Battle of Gettysburg fields and surrounding areas.

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