Plantation Homes

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Plantation homes were generally designed to be as cool as possible in the hot Southern sun, as safe as possible with kitchens in outbuildings, and as elegant as the finest Northern and European homes filled with exquisite furniture and objects d'art. Many of these wonderful homes were designed to reflect Greek or Roman architecture with impressive columns, oversized windows, and clean lines. Others sported porches that wrapped completely around the house, often on two floors, that provided shade from the sun at all times of the day.

Kitchens and laundries were sometimes separate from the main house in order to prevent damage and loss due to fire. If you could imagine the cost and difficulty of obtaining fine crafted furniture, paintings, chandeliers, and china, you would understand the family's desire to keep all of those items safe from the ravages of kitchen fires. As a result, some of these wonderful plantations have outbuildings that have been converted to private cottage suites available to the public.

Plantation Homes Today

In the Southern states, you can find plantation manors that display all that was good about the life of landed Southern gentry. While we shouldn't ignore the dark side of those times, there were people of conscience all over the South who supported abolition and worked for the betterment of slaves. That said, some of the homes that survived the Civil War are wonderful examples of the past and should be treasured in the same way that the great coliseum of Rome is treasured for its beauty and for the ingenuity that created it.

That same Southern ingenuity has resulted in making many of these homes available to the general public. Not only does the plantation bed and breakfast concept allow the owners' descendants to remain in their ancestral homes, it also allows you and me to take a step back into history. Living on a Southern plantation for a week, or even a few days, can provide you with an incredible opportunity to relax and unwind while also enabling you to learn a little more about who we are as a nation.


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