Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mississippi Plantations

The impact of setting up numerous plantations in Mississippi in the 19th century could still be felt nowadays. This period of history has some fascinating tales. Some of them relate to a gruesome and dark past, when slave labor was common and accepted. Some tell remarkable tales of virtuous and good people.

Woodland Plantation
Finally, there are still places that managed to retain their original character and style for the last 150 years. Mississippi is full of old plantation houses that are now turned into museums - and are open to guests from all over the United States.

Dunleith Historic Inn

Dunleith Historic Inn is a great example of the 19th century style. A former plantation house built in the Greek Revival style was renovated and converted into an impressive hotel and a restaurant, capable of organizing weddings and other functions. The spacious courtyard still has the air of the 1850s about it and the Dunleith grounds contain an old dairy barn and a well-preserved cotton warehouse, all accessible to the guests.

Rosswood Plantation

Rosswood cotton Plantation originally spread across over 1200 acres. Established long before the Civil War, this plantation boasts a large, 14-rooms mansion, with 10 fireplaces and ceilings reaching as high as 14 ft. The original slaves' quarters are also preserved and could be visited during the Rosswood Plantation trip. The plantation is officially recognized as a Mississippi Landmark and has its place in the National Register.

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation is really a magnificent place. The original mansion, walled by ageless oaks and accessible via a picturesque alley, under a tight canopy of branches and leaves, was thoroughly restored in 1925. Now Oak Alley offers beautiful accommodation, whether in the mansion itself or in one of the overnight cottages around it. It also caters for weddings and group events and is famous for a number of movies that were filmed there (including 'Primary Colors' or 'Interview with a Vampire'.

Woodland Plantation

Woodland Plantation was built in the 1830s. A grand home that was built on the grounds survived the Civil War, as did four two-story brick slave quarters. In 1883 the Spirits Hall was built - formerly known as St. Patrick's Catholic Church. In 1960 hurricane Betsy destroyed some of the buildings in Woodland Plantation, but that only triggered massive renovations works. At present Woodland offers rooms and accommodation, caters for weddings and private parties, provides rooms for conferences. For guests who like nature and outdoor activities Woodland organizes fishing and birding tours.

Circle M Plantation

Located in the fertile lands of Eastern Mississippi, the Circle M Plantation was turned into beautiful hunting grounds over 75 years ago. The former plantation revives the classical values of the old gentlemen's ways - concentrating on hunting and fishing activities. Circle M offers various lodging options; moreover, it has a game room, a gourmet dining room, a swimming pool and picnic facilities. Shooting competitions are regularly held in this fabulous place that offers the full package to all fans of the old style outdoor activities.

The Mississippi plantations outlined here give a taste of Southern history and what the homes and people were like back them. Do yourself a favor and visit one of these Mississippi plantations soon and experience the nostalgia and education of days gone by.

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