The love of old houses, particularly those built in the nineteenth century, has simmered beneath the surface of my imagination since childhood. Maybe it began when I read the second Nancy Drew mystery, The Hidden Staircase. My hometown had many older homes to rival Twin Elms, the house in which Nancy found the concealed stairs and solved the mystery for the two elderly residents. Unfortunately, outsiders found their way to the sleepy old country cow town and, in the name of progress, tore them down to make way for banks, parking lots, and other commercial enterprises.
But I digress. When I retired and began to travel, that simmering fascination boiled over, and I’ve made it a point to tour older homes of the colonial and antebellum eras wherever I go. Last November I spent an exciting week in Natchez where I chose to see only four of the many antebellum homes open for tours—I wanted to enjoy and learn about each one without the pressure of rushing on to the next tour, and, of course, taking my time would give me an excuse to return.
And return I will by way of St. Francisville, Louisiana, which is not too far south of Natchez. A chance encounter with information about a plantation called Rosedown led me to investigate more homes and other historical sites to see in St. Francisville.
Meanwhile, I’ve found a renewed interest in Pinterest (no punny rhyme intended). Every morning suggested pins pop up in my email, and I spend an enjoyable few minutes selecting a few to save. There are now forty-one (!) boards on my Pinterest site, including one devoted to old plantations and which I’ve organized into “sub-boards” by state. Right now I’m adding to the Louisiana board.
Here’s a list of even more complete “old plantation” boards than mine. Have a browse if you dare, but I warn you, it’s addictive!!
These four sites are only the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy!