We decided to just take it easy this am and catch up on our blog and our beauty sleep.
At noon we headed back out of town to the Great River Road to visit Evergreen Plantation.
There are other more famous and certainly glitzier sugarcane plantations to choose from but we chose Evergreen because it does not fit into those categories and because it has some other special qualities. Like the fact that it has 37 buildings are on the Register of Historic Places and that it is a National Historic Landmark. Plus many of those Greek revival buildings are arranged with architectural symmetry.
After touring the main house (1832) Karen led us across the lawns to the beginning of the live oak allee that led to the slave cabins. She encouraged us not to talk as we passed the gate and walked through that glorious row of trees and approached the cabins. Those few minutes of silence allowed us to appreciate the beauty of the trees and to begin to come to terms with the lives of the slaves in this place. There are 22 cabins that are arranged in a straight line on either side of road. These were quite well preserved, but bare of any signs of ever being inhabited.
And thought you might like to know that Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012) was filmed at Evergreen.