We spent a couple of days with good friends Jeff and Marilyn in Gulfport, Mississippi. They have lived out of their RV for about 3 years now! We had a great time with them – camped side by side: (OK, I was really taking a picture of our rig. But theirs is next door!)
I was really hoping we could dine in this elegant establishment, but the timing never worked out…
Jefferson Davis Home
We enjoyed a nice long walk 😉 to the last home of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy.
This carriage is the last he rode in… posthumously. It is decorated with rifles and cannon.
Inside the house is restored to as close as they could to the period.
A ways behind the house is the cemetery, complete with the tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier.
A sign announcing “Snake Crossing” got my attention!
St Michael church
This church in Convent, Louisiana has been there a while… we were told many slaves and their babies were buried there.
Just down the street from St Michael’s is the Poche Plantation, which just happens to have RV sites on the back of the property. So now we have lived on a plantation! (for a couple of days…)
The “Big House” was built in the 1870’s, after the civil war, so no slaves toiled here. It faces the Mississippi River, but there is a huge levee between it and the river. In 1929, the government was going to build the levee to control the river, and told all the homeowners along the river that they would have to move their homes or demolish them… at the homeowners’ expense! The owner of this home fought it because of the beauty of the home, and the government paid to have it moved back a safe distance from the new levee!
Again, it is furnished to the period, with many original pieces still remaining.
I enjoyed the kid’s rocking horse in the playroom. (Enjoyed LOOKING at it… they wouldn’t let me try it out)
The crystal balls on the bottom of the chandeliers were very popular… ask me sometime for a couple funny stories regarding these.
The wallpaper in the dining room was very unique, and in bad shape. The owner talked to manufacturers all over the states and Europe, looking for a similar pattern. Finally a French company said they didn’t have a similar pattern; they had the original! They had been the original supplier to the mansion! They recreated the wallpaper, and that now adorns the walls. It is unusual in that the pattern does not repeat… and there are unique colorful birds here and there, but only one of each bird in the room.
Poche Plantation at night:
Oak Alley Plantation
This is a magnificent antebellum plantation on the other side of the Mississippi. It is justly famous for many reasons, but most obvious is the namesake walkway through the oak trees to the entrance of the “Big House.”
Ironically, the owners were told they would have to cut away many of the oaks when the levee was to be built. Power or Prestige prevailed, however… they moved the bank of the river so the Oak Alley would remain undisturbed!
Photography is not allowed in the house, but this is from the front balcony looking out through the Oak Alley.
All along the levee were preparations for bonfires, a Christmas tradition along the river. This one is just opposite the gate to Oak Alley.
There used to be 20 slave cabins… now there are 6 that have been reconstructed and furnished.
A tour guide said that the half-moon cutout on the outhouse door indicated it was for the women. A complete circle, a full-moon, was for the men. I’d never heard that before.
A nice lakefront walk houses a small marina and a large park, including a kid’s playground with a climbing house that looked three stories tall!
This represents Captain Johannes Goos, who settled here in 1855 with his wife and seven children. He was a lumber miller and shipbuilder, and used some of his ships to run the Union blockades during the Civil War. He built a hospital, and took care of both the Confederate and Union soldiers. A very good guy, so he gets his statue in the park.
A walk further along the lake revealed many beautiful homes… maybe today’s version of the plantation “Big Houses.”
Just in case you think all homes in this part of the world look like plantation “Big Houses”, here are a couple of structures near our Poche Plantation grounds, complete with “ladies room”…
OK, here is the second picture I’ve posted from inside a Wal*Mart. This little robot thing was slowly sliding down the isle, with a bright light shining on the rack adjacent it. It must have been recording shelf content for restocking or inventory purposes. So what would happen if it approached a person? (Me). It stopped, and turned around and headed elsewhere. Funny thing; it encountered me again! I had the poor thing moving all around trying to avoid me. If this Wal*Mart is poorly stocked, it’s my fault.
So here we are in Houston. We have a nice site, with the nose pointed right at a little lake. From inside the motorhome you can’t see any land in front of us – just water. We can pretend we are still living on a boat.
We’ve seen a heron, many coots, and a couple of turtles enjoying the lake.
You may notice we have sun covers over the wheels and tires, and over the windshield and front windows. We are planning on leaving Fudge Ripple here for a bit, while we explore some places we’ve never been before. We have a huge adventure planned, starting Sunday evening. I’m hoping we will have sufficient internet coverage to keep posting at least a few pictures for the next few weeks. So come back next week to see where a ten hour flight south can get us!
(The sunsets on our little lake have been fabulous!)