Molly's Country Memories

Molly's Country Memories

The memories and happening in the everyday life of a country girl

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Greenwood Plantation

Our 3 boys gave Charles and I a 2 night stay at a bed and Breakfast in St. Francisville, LA. for our 50th Wedding Anniversary, We had planned to use it in Oct, well, that didn't work out because of Charles Kidney surgery. Monday we decided to go and take a few days off before Christmas to rest from all the stress and worry of his illness. We stayed at a lovely Bed and Breakfast called Butler Greenwood and really enjoyed touring several plantations in the area. 
I have made a slide show of one of these Plantations..Greenwood Plantation..
A little back ground 
Greenwood was built in 1830 by William Ruffin Barrow from Highland Plantation. The style of the house was Greek Revival designed by famed architect James Hammon Coulter. It set in the middle of 12,000 acres. Friends were tended by over 750 slaves. Barrow's also operated his own sugar and syrup mills.
During the Civil war the house was used as a hospital by the Northern troops. Barrows died in 1864 and the home, what was left after the Northern soldiers destroyed all the crops, out buildings and the mills, was sold to Capt John A Stevenson a New Orleans Ship builder. In 1915 the home and surrounding grounds was sold to Frank & Naomi Fisher Percy who lived and raised a large family there until it burnt to the ground in a thunderstorm in 1960.
Nothing was left but the 28 Doric columns and some chimneys, it remained like this for nearly 10 yrs until 1969 when new owners spent 15 yrs rebuilding it to it's former beautiful. It was the sight of the Movie North & South.
Hope you enjoy my slide show.

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