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I had rather be at Mount Vernon with a friend or two about me, than to be attended at the seat of government by the officers of state and the representatives of every power in Europe…George Washington

Oak Alley plantation of the River Road above New Orleans now functions as a museum and has the best gumbo in Louisiana.

Plantations and outdoor museums in America’s historic South Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c 1996 Gerald and Patricia Gutek PlantationsSouthern StatesGuidebooks Book. vii, 423 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG

Montpelier, lifelong home of James Madison in Orange, Virginia. Montpelier was also home to three generations of the Madison family from 1723 to 1844. The mansion core was built by Madison’s father c 1760…Library of Congress photo

From the Great River Road Plantations between Baton Rouge and New Orleans to Montpelier Mansion in Virginia, these plantations and villages demonstrate how people lived, worked, prayed, and played decades and centuries ago. In their easy-to-use guide, the Guteks tell how to visit and enjoy sixty-eight such gems of the Old South.

The Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast which is the Birthplace of James Madison and is the perfect jumping off point for touring northern Virginia

In addition to current phone numbers, times of operation, and admission fees, each entry includes a historical overview, directions for finding the site, and information on restaurants, shops, facilities, and special features. The Guteks also list nearby accomodations and suggest side trips of historical interest.

Longwood Plantation at the north end of the River Road in Natchez, Mississippi is probably our favorite for its architectural uniqueness and the fact that the builder had the wood cut and then stored it for ten years to let it dry properly before starting construction – they don’t build them like that any more!



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