Across the South, there are several plantation houses still standing. One of the most intact ones left is the 8,000 square foot house at Rosedown Plantation. It was built in 1835 outside of Saint Francisville, Louisiana.
From the front gate, seen here, a long driveway under a canopy of overhanging trees and drooping Spanish moss leads to the stately house.
Can’t you just see Scarlett O’Hara with her parasol and hooped skirt waiting at the front portico to welcome guests that step down from their carriages.
The house and expansive grounds around it are in exceptional condition. The cotton fields and slaves’ quarters have disappeared, but about 50 acres remain that show the grand scale of this place.
This plantation is well known for its formal gardens.
Couldn’t figure out what kind of small tree this is. The flowers look like roses, so maybe it’s a small bush beside the tree.
Don’t ya love the modern fire hydrant in that strategic location?
Each section of this large formal garden was surrounded by Boxwood shrubs. It all seemed rather neglected. However, it was October.
No indoor plumbing but water to fountains. How does that work?
At one time, the area probably wasn’t as overgrown and scrubby looking.
Total mystery what this is. The leaves and flowers look like Begonias.
Love Spider Lilies.
Although it’s difficult to admit and way harder to understand, plantations are a part of the South’s history.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana