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Baton Rouge

May, 2015. In Baton Rouge we saw the Capitol building, Huey Long’s grave site and several old antebellum plantations. The Oak Alley Plantation was outstanding. The mansion was interesting and full of valuable antique furniture. It really gave me an accurate picture of what life in the old South was like. And the plantation grounds were covered in ancient oak trees and beautiful lawn areas. A landscaped path under the oak trees led from the front door of the mansion directly to the Mississippi River about a quarter mile distant. Slaves were unloaded from the ships and marched to their humble quarters at the plantation. The institution of slavery made the opulent plantation life possible for the wealthy folks in the South.


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