Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Laurel Valley Plantation in Lafourche Parish, La.

Laurel Valley Plantation is the largest surviving 19th and 20th century sugar plantation in the United States. (yes nearly 200 years old!) It's located outside Thibodaux, Louisiana.  I brought the kids while on vacation.

The country store is a museum of rural life antiques and also sells crafts and artworks made by local residents of the Bayou Lafourche area.

Feed bags, 50-cents

Chickens, goats, turkeys, picks and more!
 Dress (from 1900)

There have been 10 movies made at Laurel Valley, from 1987 through 2004, including Interview with a Vampire (Tom Cruise) and Ray (Ray Charles movie).

 Imagine working the sugar canes field on this "tractor". Yikes.

There is a collection of old tractors.

Pick up a map in the general store for a drive through tour of the village.The driving tour is a couple of miles through a working cane field to Laurel Valley Village where you’ll see tenant houses from the 1800s and a school house built in 1906.

Not sure if this was the school house or a chapel.

Sugar cane is not normally "cut" until the fall, so the cane behind my son will double, if not triple, in size before harvest time.