Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Final images from Oak Alley Plantation from my 2011 visit

During our tour of the Oak Alley Plantation we saw many interesting artifacts and learned interesting historical tidbits. We were greeted at the front door by a cheerful woman dressed in period attire. The home was finished in 1839 for a couple married in 1834. The architect was the father of Salina, the wife. The 28 Oak trees were planted in the early 1700's by an unknown Frenchman - with 14 leading up the front door and 14 leading out the back. The Oak trees provide a beautiful canopy of shade on the paths leading to and from the home.  The home was furnished with period furniture including a rare "Punka" or "Shoefly Fan", for which the slaves would pull a cord to move it during dinner. Even the beds were unusual - one was called a "Rolling Pin Bed" and the master bedroom included a "Pineapple bed" - with wood cut pineapples as a sign of welcome.  A rusted bell hung in the garden at the side of the house. The bell reminded me of our own family bell that my Father got from the World's Fair in San Francisco in the early 1900's. I was intrigued hearing about the "Courter's Candle' and took some pictures of a souvenier one in the gift shop. 

We concluded our visit with lunch in the Cafe. I enjoyed a meal of Chicken Fricasse, Buttrmilk pie, and Iced Tea. After lunch we all visited the gift shop to find a few special things to remember our visit.  It was a fascinating visit and I hope to visit again in the future. 


Kathy A. Johnson said...

You brought back such vivid memories of our trip! Great page. I love the rusty bell, and I was quite enamored of the courter's candle myself, but haven't tried to sketch it.

Jocelyn Pascall said...

Hi there. I just came upon your blog tonight and I am so in love with your sketches. They are so sweet and I love all of the little details and the true handmade feel about them. Do you ever sell any of your work?

Claire M said...

Thanks for the feedback on this blog post. It was a wonderful experience visiting the plantation and capturing my memories in sketches and watercolor.

Jocelyn - no I haven't sold any of my sketches before. They are all bound in my sketchbook for a trip to New Orleans last fall. I've toyed with the idea of making cards or bookmarks out of some of my images, but I haven't pursued that yet.

Thanks for visiting!

Katherine Thomas said...

I love places like that. Your drawings and notes and so pretty. And such lovely mementos to look at again and again. I agree with Jocelyn, I think shoppers would snatch those up at the local arts and craft show! (but I also know how easy it is to SAY that, and how difficult and time-consuming it is to do it)

Cheryl Gebhart said...

I'm so impressed that you're still sketching in your NOLA book, and I love this one! I'd forgotten all about the courter's candle, but your sketch brings it back. Great job on the bell and the woman too.