Oct 28, 2015

Nottoway Plantation House

This gorgeous oak tree was outside the window of the solarium where we ate breakfast.

WARNING!!!  Lots of photos ahead. 

On the morning of the LSU Tigers vs. Florida Gators, we had breakfast at the Nottoway Plantation House located in White Castle, LA.  White Castle is 28 miles from Baton Rouge.  It took us about 45 minutes to get there.  Our reservations were for 8 a.m.

Grab a cup of coffee or your beverage of choice and come along with me as I take you through the Nottoway Plantation House.


We were blessed with awesome weather the entire weekend.

There were two options for breakfast.  You could order off of the menu or you could go through the buffet.  We all chose to order from the menu.


Here is a photo of the dining room.


A few photos of the buffet.  Everything looked so good.




Oh my, just seeing this moulding makes my heart sigh.  The detail was incredible.




I ordered the Pain Perdue.  Pain Perdue is a New Orleans style French toast.  It was so delicious!!!  It reminded me of how my dad used to make it.


Such a lovely idea to serve syrup in such a sweet dish.


We ordered some beignets for everyone to sample.


This beautiful mural was located in the bar area.



The grounds were very pretty with lots of beautiful flowers.



Here is a side view of the beautiful home.



After breakfast we walked the grounds while waiting for our tour to begin.  We walked across the street and climbed the levee to see the mighty Mississippi River.  Back in the day there were no levees to obstruct your view of the river.  Only the wealthy lived on the Mississippi River.

This was our view of the house from the levee.


Nottoway Plantation House is a Greek Revival and Italianate-styled mansion built by John Hampton Randolph in 1859.  It is the largest antebellum plantation house in the South with 53,000 square feet of floor space.


John Randolph commissioned renowned architect Henry Howard of New Orleans with the task of designing the grand mansion with the intention that no expense would be spared in the construction.

The Mississippi River was so calm.
The Nottoway House was built off location for eight years.  It took the builders an additional two years to complete the construction on site.  The construction of Nottoway was completed in 1859 at an estimated $80,000.  Mr. Randolph destroyed the architect plans to prevent any duplicate homes from being built.

The oak trees were beautiful.
The double curved granite staircases were built with the left side intended for the ladies and the right side for the gentlemen.  This was so the men could not see the ladies ankles when they lifted their dresses to climb the stairs.



The details were beautiful.


This room was used as a ball room.  It was beautiful.







This room was for the gentlemen to discuss topics they did not want the women to hear.



Note the drapes bunching on the floor.  This was a sign of wealth.


The drapes are all beautiful with each room having a different style or design.


This was the dining room.



The crown moulding was different in every room.




The china was beautiful.




Our guide was showing how the lumps in the mattress were rolled out by using a part of the headboard.





The music room.  Notice that the chair was stuffed with moss.




I believe this was a sitting room.



We stepped out onto the balcony through this large window.


The iron work was all made in New Orleans.



There just so happened to be a barge passing through as we were out on the balcony.


So many more photos......




I love the details in the drapes.



I thought this room was the prettiest.  I liked the combination of the color of the walls and the richness of the bedroom set.






This little room was used as a nursery.


We had a great time taking the tour.   I hope you enjoyed your little tour!

Take care,

xoxoxo

Debbie



4 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! The food looks awesome!!

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    1. Thank you. The food was delicious. You should take Patty and go for the tour. You can also stay on the grounds.

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    2. Hi, I am the one who commented, not Jeff. But I have already told him I want to go back there and stay in the Carriage House! We did go there years ago, with Josh, on vacation. I can't remember if this was the plantation home we were at when Josh broke the rear view mirror off in our van.

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    3. Ha ha! I thought it was you but I wasn't sure!!! Poor Josh! It must have been hard to drive all the way home without a rearview mirror. I knew you would love this place. On a separate trip, Brooke and Brad toured the Oak Alley Plantation and they loved it. I hope to visit it one day. Have you been there?

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