Rural Louisiana

We left Ruston and traveled south by way of the Cane River National Historic Corridor, not knowing what we would see. The first stop was at Oakland Plantation, a French Creole plantation that is managed by the National Park Service. It was converted from a slave plantation to being run by sharecroppers. It served as a community center until the 1960’s, so is pretty well preserved. It was not the “Gone with the Wind Plantation” that we expected to see!

The main house is not fancy.
Note the birdcage hanging on the veranda. We did not take the tour, so I’m not sure what sort of bird would be housed there.
A Pigeonnier (see left) was a status symbol in colonial Louisiana. It was important that it could be seen from the main road. Yes, a pigeon roosting house.
Oakland Plantation housed the general store and was the gas station for the community until the 1960’s.
Cotton was the center of all.

We continued south along the Cane River Corridor, which is beautiful, and hoped to visit another plantation.

The farms are beautiful and have wonderful big old trees.
No one, not even the National Park ranger, told us the bridge was out.
So we peeked through the trees.
And doubled back through the fields for many miles.

Eventually we arrived in Vidalia, Louisiana, on the western bank of the Mississippi River where we had reserved a space at the River View RV Park for two nights. This was our first experience in a park lying between the levee and the river, a vulnerable location. Vidalia is directly across the river from Natchez, Mississippi. Our first evening was spent walking along the nice public riverfront trail in Vidalia.

Bridge from Vidalia, LA to Natchez, MS
Barge traffic
Moving fast – look at the wave

You can take the woman away from the ocean, but she does not lose her fascination for the water.

The wake
Moon rising

There are a lot of double bridges in the south

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