Monday, November 10, 2008

Stately Mansion - Oaklawn Manor

Friday was to be our last day with Gary and Jo and we took a few hours and drove over to Grand Isle. This is normally a very beautiful drive and Grand Isle is an island community, unfortunately in the path of several hurricanes over the last 4 years. This year was a double whammy with Gustav and Ike. I don't believe there are that many permanent residents, but they do have a school, so there are those who stay there year round. It seems on the south side of the island, the hurricane breeched the levee and drove beach sand up into the yards of the houses there. They no longer have grass under the stilts, but about 18 inches of beach sand. And everywhere is evidence that it is being cleared and hopefully redeposited out at the oceanfront. The Grand Isle State Park is closed and barriers across the entrance kept us from exploring. There are new power poles this time and it seems a lot of power has been restored. I have placed a lot of photos in a web album as there are too many to post here. We also drove down to Port Fourchon on the way to Grand Isle and took some pictures there as well.

We left Leeville and Gary and wife Jo on Saturday morning. It is always good to see them. We have fish and shrimp in the freezers now, so will eat well this winter. We drove about 120 miles to Charenton, Louisiana, and the Chitimacha Indiana Reservation and Casino. We aren't gambling, but they have a full hookup campground that is absolutely the best we have stayed in and it costs $10 a night.

Since Terry and I are both history buffs we decided to visit Oaklawn Manor, and antebellum home now home to a former Louisiana Governor. The home is gorgeous and the family uses it daily, retiring to the upstairs when guests arrive to tour. That was the only disappointing part. . . the $10 price was a bit pricey for a tour of 4-5 rooms and the grounds. The difference between this home and others we have toured is that this home is not a museum and is a current residence. After hearing the guide talk about the home's history and the current residents, I would have liked to meet the former Governor and his wife who live and maintain this home for the public to continue to enjoy. The stately homes in this area were not cotton plantations but raised sugar cane instead. The fields around the home and in this area are filled with cane and are in the process of being harvested.

One structure noteworthy is the aviary, which was built by Warner Brothers studios for the movie, "The Drowning Pool" which was filmed here.

We have taken it easy for a couple days and getting laundry finished up. Fishing with Gary is hard work and we really enjoyed the time spent, but are ready now to move on to Texas for the winter.

Till next time. . .


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