Multiple Regions- Old South (Antebellum tour homes from LA-MS-AR)
Begin your timeless tour in White Castle Louisiana just east of New Orleans. The Nottoway Plantation is the largest remaining antebellum plantation in Louisiana. Tour this 1857 house and watch as the paddlewheel riverboats pass by on their journey up the mighty Mississippi River. Travel to Louisiana's capitol city, Baton Rouge for a brief stop at the Magnolia Mound Plantation. This home is an authentically restored 1792 French Creole plantation with outbuildings and gardens. Munch on fresh seafood, crawfish etouffee or anything else you choose in Baton Rouge's 600 restaurants for lunch. Our next stop is in St. Francisville and the Rosedown Plantation and Gardens. The house has all of it's original 1835 contents and a 28-acre garden. Drive to the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, Natchez, Mississippi dinner and an overnight stay.
Begin this morning (after breakfast of course!) with a tour of the Monmouth Plantation. Following the birth of his first child, General John A. Quitman paid $12,000 for Monmouth, a two-story Federal-style mansion built in 1818. Next, travel along the Mighty Mississippi River to Vicksburg. The Martha Vick House (circa 1830) was built for the unmarried daughter of Vicksburg's founder, Newit Vick. It has been restored and furnished with early 18th and 19th century antiques and French paintings. The next home is the McRaven Tour Home. It was built in three different time periods (circa 1797, 1836, 1849) and is considered by National Geographic as the "Time Capsule of the South". Have lunch in historic Vicksburg. Travel to Greenville, Mississippi for casino fun, dinner and an overnight stay.
Rise this morning for a tour of the Belmont Plantation. It is one of the few antebellum homes in the Mississippi River Delta to escape burning by the Union forces during the Civil War. Belmont was built in 1857. Cross the Old Man River into Arkansas at Lake Village and turn Southeast to Lakeport to tour Lakeport Plantation. The house was built in the 1850s and is the last remaining antebellum house on the Mississippi River in Arkansas that has not been extensively altered. Head East to El Dorado for lunch in the downtown district. Begin your afternoon with a tour of the John Newton House, a restored 1849 home. The decor reflects the time period. After your tour travel to Camden for dinner and an overnight stay.
Start you day with a morning tour of the Graham-Gaughan-Betts Home. This home was built for Major Joseph Graham and his wife Mary Washington, the first cousin of George Washington in 1856. It served as the headquarters of Union General Frederick Steele in 1864. The next stop on your antebellum tour is the McCollum-Chidester House, circa 1847. This museum features some of the original furnishings which were brought up the Mississippi River by steamboat from New Orleans. Hop on the bus for a couple of hours drive to Altheimer. The Elms Plantation was built in 1866 on a Cotton working plantation. This English Louisiana raised cottage style mansion boasts 20 rooms. The interior staircases made of solid walnut and the wavy original glass paned windows are a glimpse into the past. The grounds surrounding the home contain many hundred year old Elm trees, a beautiful pecan grove and a 16 acre stocked lake surrounded by a nature trail.
After breakfast it's a short hour's drive to Scott and the Marlsgate Plantation. Marlsgate was built in 1800's and served as a cotton plantation. Marlsgate contains thirty-two rooms on its three floors. It is cooled by the breezes off of nearby Bearskin Lake and shaded by huge pecan trees. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Little Rock.
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