Mississippi

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Our excitement grew as we neared the state line. Why you might ask? Well, the state line between Louisiana and Mississippi is that “Ol’ Man River.” Yup. The great Mississippi River. Since we had never seen it but on maps and in books, this was going to be a big treat! However, before I get to that, let’s go back a few miles to a cotton plantation called Frogmore.

Frogmore Plantation

We stopped here on our way to Natchez State Park. Frogmore is on the Louisiana side of the river. We walked up to the General Store and inquired about tours. Self-tours were $5 and what we thought was the guided tour (thinking we would have a guide to explain the workings of a plantation) was $10. We were wrong. We were taken to another room and show a short video about cotton and the process and then left to our own wanderings around the plantation. I’m just giving you fair warning if Frogmore is on your travel plans. The main home was in use and not open to the public.

The grounds were well-kept and quite interesting. One had to use their imagination to get the feel of what those times were like for the slave.

This is the kitchen where all the meals were prepared. The kitchen was not in the main house we are finding in many of the plantations.

Out behind the kitchen was an oven. They would start a fire in this brick structure until it got hot. Then they would scoop out all the ashes, put the bread in the oven and then close the metal plated door to bake the bread.

Sign says it all!
This is a display of how they killed the hogs and processed them. The meat hanging shack was just next to this display.
A replica of the church on the plantation.

I loved this old church. My mom would take us to movies with black spiritual music in them. I could just hear that music in here accompanied by the tambourines left on the pews.

The store-room for goods.
A likeness of the dresses worn by the slave women. The slaves were given the 3rd grade cotton to use for clothing. Let me tell you, it wasn't soft and it was full of seeds and branches.
They keep this little section of the cotton field to show us tourists!
A bale of cotton after it has been process through the cotton gin.
Sign says it all.
Spinning Wheel
The weaving loom.
Irons had to be heated before using. This room held the looms, yarns, wash board and this stove. It wasn't a big room.

Our first glimpse of the Mississippi River.

Life is so darn good. Never in my life did I even think I would be here. Thanks, Dale. Life is awesome with you.

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One thought on “Mississippi

    evielynne sanchez said:
    April 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    this is the Mississippi I so love!! so glad you guys are there and enjoying everything…

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