St. Michael’s Catholic Church is within a short walk from where we are staying. The church was built in 1831. It underwent a renovation in 2008 and is very beautiful.
There was at one time a 60-foot steeple which was visible for miles in the middle of the church. Hurricane Betsy blew the steeple down in 1965 and it was never replaced.
The grotto has a unique construction – it is made from bagasse, which is a fibrous waste product of sugar cane, rather than the usual stone configuration. Sugar cane was then, as it is now a major crop of Louisiana. The domed shape of the grotto comes from an inverted sugar cane kettle.
This hand carved alter was purchased in 1889 in France at the Paris World’s Fair and is absolutely breathtaking.
This Henry Erban pipe organ is the oldest pipe organ on record in Louisiana, dating back to 1857 - would have loved to hear it.
There is a school next door to the church, not sure of the date of its construction but it appears to be very old.
From the church we walked out to the cemetery which was established in 1827. We were surprised that there wasn’t a progression of older gravesites to newer ones, the very old like this one were mixed in with the newer ones. I snapped a picture of this to show the structure of the older gravesites. I didn’t realize until I sat down to write this and looked closer at the picture that the person buried here died 180 years ago to the date – October 31, 1833.
We walked back to the plantation and walked through the bottom floor of the house. The second floor is occupied by guests right now. This stairway that is right off of the back door is beautiful.
Lovely antiques are on display throughout the house.
This bed is just enormous.
Since this is a working bed and breakfast, an updated kitchen is probably a must and this one is pretty special.
This fountain area is right outside the back door.
I wondered how you reached the bucket to this well since the sidewalls are so high. There was a picture inside the house that showed this well with a type of water tower on top with piping running to the house, probably very modern for the time.
In the woods not too far from our site there is a chimney that is believed to be from one of the old slave quarters. Right next to it is a small cemetery, one of the graves is simply marked “baby”.
There are several figurines in the woods, this guy is right behind our site.
This evening we went to a dinner that was provided by the owners of the plantation. We found out that they have owned the property for a little over seven years. When they bought the property, there was the old plantation house and cottage next to it, the rest of the property was woods. Prior to purchasing the plantation they were fulltime RVers.