Louisiana State Capitol, and the River Road

Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Today we had a quick visit to Baton Rouge to see the State Capitol building.  At first this seems quite plain compared to others we have seen, but on closer inspection we noticed the many sculptures which decorate the building. 

We then drove back along the South River Road (on the other side of the Mississippi).  In the days when the sugar plantations were built the houses enjoyed views of the river; these days that view is obscured by the necessity of the levee.

We stopped at Plaquemine to view the Historic Lock site.  Bayou Plaquemine was an important trade route between the Mississippi and the Gulf for many centuries before the lock was built at the end of the 1800s.  The lock closed in 1961 when a bigger lock was built at Port Allen.

Our next stop was at Laura Plantation, a Creole plantation.  The house is actually not very big as plantation owners usually only lived there during the sugar harvest which is September to December.  We enjoyed a tour of the house, gardens and slave quarters, with our well informed guide.
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Brent on

You take the most amazing photos! I'm sure you could be a professional photographer if you weren't now retired - and I think you should still consider that!

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