We had the great opportunity to visit a plantation while we were in New Orleans and there were quite a few to choose from. Marisa wanted to go to the Laura Plantation because she had heard the stories told in the tours were amazing.
The plantation house isn’t as majestic looking as the house at Oak Alley but it was still impressive. It was formed and created kind of like a prefabricated house. They cut the wood and planned how the house would be built. This picture shows the numbers carved into the support structures that were used to follow the plans for building the house,
The Laura Plantation is one of a series of plantations that were started along the Mississippi river as it approached New Orleans. It’s main crop was sugar cane and it’s main source of labor were slaves.
The house was set up to take advantage of the breeze that would flow from the Mississippi. The doors could be opened in a specific way that would allow a breeze to flow through the whole house.
There were a lot of interesting family stories and it was fascinating to hear about the rise and success of the plantation and then the subsequent fall.
A lot of the stories were about the Duparc family and the dynamics of how they interacted with each other as the farm was passed from generation to generation. There were some stories about the slaves although there wasn’t as much about them because there wasn’t a lot of written history from the slaves or about them. The main information available about the slaves was the inventories that were taken when farm ownership was passed down the generations. This is a list of slaves and their values.