On Cristen’s last day in town, we drove out to Nottoway Plantation about an hour and a half northwest of New Orleans. I saw Nottoway in a magazine a couple of weeks ago and really wanted to check it out. The house, as you can see, is absolutely beautiful and exactly what I picture a plantation house to look like. I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Gone with the Wind at work over the past week or two, so I’ve had plantations on my mind. I could definitely imagine Scarlett O’Hara right at home here. And for those of you who can’t travel this far south, don’t worry… as usual, I got a little click-happy with the camera.
The picture above is actually a side view of the house. Here is the front:
Here’s a different side view:
I liked these stumpy palm trees out front.
This is our tour guide, Cissy. She had a nice southern drawl and talked about the yankees. Interesting fact about the house – it wasn’t completed until 1859, two years before the start of the Civil War.
Let’s take a look around inside. First, the front room, and my favorite room of the house.
I just love how bright the white floor is, regardless of how practical it is. Can’t you just imagine Scarlett O’Hara in those rooms? Maybe this will help.
But that was just the beginning of the beautiful rooms. There was also the dining room:
Where each place setting displayed a unique love scene. And if you had outstayed your welcome, you were served a cold dinner.
There was the ladies’ drawing room:
The music room, where they apparently passed the evening with dueling pianofortes:
And a bedroom:
The bed was custom made for the original owners of the house and the story goes that Mrs. Randolph hid her treasures from the Yankees in the bed posts. Scarlett, on the other hand, hid her valuables in a baby’s diaper. Both very clever.
There is a window that leads out to the back porch.
And you can barely see the Mississippi over the levee from the adjacent balcony.
I want to share just a few more of the beautiful details of the house with you.
I swear these are the same curtains Scarlett uses to make her famous dress.
Or at least, pretty close. We did much more than just the plantation, but I think I’ll wait to post about the rest of the day. Don’t want to overload with too many pictures.