No matter how much we abhor the idea of plantations and slaves, it is a fact of history. There is no justification for the slave system. So visiting a plantation in no way condones what happened.
Around the main house is shady. Considering the heat and humility and no air-conditioning, shade was necessary.
The entry way shows the opulence of the house. The floors looked like linoleum, but the guide assured us that everything is either original or time specific.
Interest in Greek and Roman decor during the 1800’s in Europe and the U.S. seems strange. But it was considered classy.
Plantation houses provided upscale living for its time period.
No running water, so this was the method of taking a bath – a metal sitting tub. Is this where “sitz bath” comes from? The upstairs window was opened and buckets of water were pulled up by servants using a pulley system.
Look at those thin little towels. They look like cup towels.
The nursery was used for the youngest children.
The area close to the house had walking paths and some water features and shrubs.
Boxwood hedges edged the paths leading to the fountain and the house. The flower garden was away from the house where it was sunny. The small building left of center was for garden supplies.
In the sunlight, many different flowers could be grown. Some Marigolds remain.
At first, I questioned the use of the rebar stand but learned that it was used way back in the 15th century. They used high quality cast iron that did not corrode.
Not sure if these are Foxglove, Plumbago, or something else.
The deep color of these Globe Amaranth, also known as Gomphrenas or Bachelor Buttons, are stunning.
Life today with our conveniences is easier and hopefully, our respect for all peoples has improved. But the daily news proves otherwise.
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves” ― Abraham Lincoln