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Published: July 29th 2011
our guide Joey
the house is painted as it originally was in creole colors as to whitewash your house meant that you identified yourself as Americans and the Creole thought of themselves first and foremost as French.
Like Kingsley Plantation, this plantation interested me because it was run by four generations of women which wasn't common in the 1800s but there is so much more to learn about over here. For those interested in Brer Rabbit, it is thought that the original tales of Compere Lapin originated at this house among the slaves that worked here. It is one of the only plantations that has original wooden slave cabins and furnishings and it is one of the few plantations where much is known about the owners mainly due to the memoirs of Laura who was the last of her family to run this plantation before selling out as she really didn't want to continue running it.
The tour was really interesting and you learn that Creole refers to blood, language and culture. The guide also told of the cruelty of Laura's Grandmother who almost disowned her son because he was too kind to the slaves, and of her misguided uncle who in a roundabout way caused his daughter's tragic death from acne, no I am not making that up. You also have the opportunity to see one of the coolest mirrors I have ever seen. I highly
recommend taking this tour as it is so much more than about a building, it's about a family.
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