The impact of setting up numerous plantations in Mississippi
in the 19th century could still be felt nowadays. This period
of history has some fascinating tales. Some of them relate to
a gruesome and dark past, when slave labor was common and accepted.
Some tell remarkable tales of virtuous and good people.
Finally, there are still places that managed to retain their
original character and style for the last 150 years. Mississippi
is full of old plantation houses that are now turned into museums
- and are open to guests from all over the United States.
Dunleith Historic Inn
Dunleith Historic Inn is a great example of the 19th century
style. A former plantation house built in the Greek Revival style
was renovated and converted into an impressive hotel and a restaurant,
capable of organizing weddings and other functions. The spacious
courtyard still has the air of the 1850s about it and the Dunleith
grounds contain an old dairy barn and a well-preserved cotton
warehouse, all accessible to the guests.
Rosswood cotton Plantation originally spread across over 1200
acres. Established long before the Civil War, this plantation
boasts a large, 14-rooms mansion, with 10 fireplaces and ceilings
reaching as high as 14 ft. The original slaves' quarters are also
preserved and could be visited during the Rosswood Plantation
trip. The plantation is officially recognized as a Mississippi
Landmark and has its place in the National Register.
Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley Plantation is really a magnificent place. The original
mansion, walled by ageless oaks and accessible via a picturesque
alley, under a tight canopy of branches and leaves, was thoroughly
restored in 1925. Now Oak Alley offers beautiful accommodation,
whether in the mansion itself or in one of the overnight cottages
around it. It also caters for weddings and group events and is
famous for a number of movies that were filmed there (including
'Primary Colors' or 'Interview with a Vampire'.
Woodland Plantation was built in the 1830s. A grand home that
was built on the grounds survived the Civil War, as did four two-story
brick slave quarters. In 1883 the Spirits Hall was built - formerly
known as St. Patrick's Catholic Church. In 1960 hurricane Betsy
destroyed some of the buildings in Woodland Plantation, but that
only triggered massive renovations works. At present Woodland
offers rooms and accommodation, caters for weddings and private
parties, provides rooms for conferences. For guests who like nature
and outdoor activities Woodland organizes fishing and birding
Circle M Plantation
Located in the fertile lands of Eastern Mississippi, the Circle
M Plantation was turned into beautiful hunting grounds over 75
years ago. The former plantation revives the classical values
of the old gentlemen's ways - concentrating on hunting and fishing
activities. Circle M offers various lodging options; moreover,
it has a game room, a gourmet dining room, a swimming pool and
picnic facilities. Shooting competitions are regularly held in
this fabulous place that offers the full package to all fans of
the old style outdoor activities.
The Mississippi plantations outlined here give a taste of Southern
history and what the homes and people were like back them. Do
yourself a favor and visit one of these Mississippi plantations
soon and experience the nostalgia and education of days gone by.