Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine ~ Nottoway Plantation New Orleans

IMG_5609

Nottoway Plantation

Nottoway, the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The home was completed in 1859 for the John Randolph at the cost of $80,000 which he paid for without a mortgage. Many of the large mansions had what they called brag buttons on the bannister which told visitors the mortgage was paid. Obviously John did not have a brag button.

IMG_5594

The White Room

This room is bright and beautiful. In the Randolph’s day this room was used for coming out parties and other celebrations. It was John’s favorite room. He had it painted completely white to show off the natural beauty of all of the women especially his seven daughters, six of whom were married there. Today it is used for many different events, weddings, rehearsal dinners, many other things. There is a painting of Mary Henshaw in this room (no relation) whose eyes are said to follow the viewer around the room. This affect is pronounced at night.

IMG_5581

The home consists of 53,000 sq. ft. of living area. It has 365 openings, one for each day of the year. The house has two huge flights of granite steps in the front of the home. The left side was for ladies and the right side for gentleman. The separate stair cases were so that men wouldn’t see the women’s ankles beneath their skirts as they climbed.

IMG_5610

Large water tanks on the roof provided running hot water for the mansion. When the weather was cool, pipes carried the water behind the many fireplaces in the home to heat the water.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on November 20, 2014 by in Uncategorized.

Translate this blog

%d bloggers like this: