Winter Quarters Plantation in St. Joseph, Louisiana, stands as a testament to the region's rich and tumultuous history.
On the Bayou
While exploring in the Louisiana bayou, I stumbled upon a dilapidated house situated perilously close to the swamp's edge, almost blending into its murky depths.
I had been eyeing this plantation since I found it studying Google Maps.
Casa de Chaos
So there I was in a very rural Louisiana town shooting the downtown area.
Pine Valley Home
So there I was at an abandoned school, Pine Valley, when I noticed a house next door. I was absolutely quiet watching every step! I was so quiet to make sure I didn't alert anyone to my presence. The house was abandoned!
Shelburn, Louisiana is so small it's not even on Wikipedia. I'd been eyeing this place for awhile on Google Maps & wondered if it would still be standing. Although there isn't much left here, it is very reminiscent of the old Americana.
On the second fire place mantle is an entire bottle of Grey Goose Vodka. I guess whomever left thought they'd be back. One room had a bunch of records in it. The sheet hung in the dining room blows in the wind keeping its little radius constantly swept.
This house with some more rain & summer sun will become completely covered & lost in time. I did not expect it to still be fully furnished.
This house was one of the most trashed houses I've explored. Still, some amazing stuff inside. The Billy Graham movie from the World's Fair 1964-1965, the Times Picayune paper from 1980, the discontinued Astor brand by Winn Dixie, the oil cans on the front porch & hanging clothes is always fascinating to me.
Even though the place is in bad shape, it's as if they just walked out one day & left it all behind. The most likely truth is they probably past away. I am always asked why I think they just left it all behind & no one cleaned it up or out. They never take into account the possibility that the person dies alone. They don't have any family or they don't have any family that cares. Sadness.
We got to meet one of the heirs of Germania Plantation. William C. Hayward III gave us a brief history of the place. He spoke about the house, no longer there, that his great grandfather built. He told us about the livery, that is now flat on the ground. Across the dirt road he said he thought that old building was the school. He said at 75 his memory isn't what it used to be. He gave us permission to take all of the photos we liked & preceded back to his tractor to finish mowing the grass.
Among Sugar Cane
I have zero information about this home & what appeared to be a store. The home was a large home for the day & its location. Large rooms that are mostly empty now. One room with two lounging chairs, a toilet still in the bathroom & the others with just some debris strewn about. Next door looked like it was a general store maybe. In the back room there is a fireplace that someone has busted a hole through. Idiots. There were remnants of a bed, springs and a wrought iron headboard.
Laurel Valley Sugar Plantation
Many movies have been filmed here including Interview With The Vampire & Ray. The plantation was owned by Joseph Tucker, a Virginian, who bought more than 50,000 acres of land along Bayou Lafourche. The earliest structures on the property date to the 1830s. It was at one time the largest producer of sugar in Lafourche Parish, and a mill was built on the property for this purpose. As many as 135 slaves lived and worked on the property prior to the Civil War. While the main house built by Tucker was destroyed during the Civil War, shotgun houses (slave quarters) and Creole cabins remain on the property. The mill stopped production in the 1930s, and sustained significant damage during Hurricane Betsy in 1965. It is named after where it is located. ~ Wikipedia
This abandoned mansion in Slidell, Louisiana sits in disrepair. Maybe since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. My thought is this was a doctor's residence. There were so many medical records just strewn about. At first I thought it may have been the doctor's office. Upon further exploration though, it seems to most definitely be a residence. I wish I could have seen it in its heyday.
Sun is a village in the northeastern corner of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 470 at the 2010 census. It is part of the New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Right along the highway in Louisiana sits this old farm house on a crawfish farm. A winter storm was coming in & the wind went straight through you. It was cold! Surprisingly the house was in real good shape. With all of the broken windows & busted doors though, I don't know how much longer that will be. Still, it was a great place to visit.
Houses in the Woods
In the Louisiana swamp sits an entire neighbourhood forgotten. I was only able to make it to two houses before the darkness fell. I'll go back & finish off the rest soon. So I made it back& added a few more pics. Nothing left here really, but a cool place to visit.
On the West Bank in New Orleans are the projects Degaulle Manor. Better known as D-Block. One of the most notorious of New Orleans. The artwork here is some of the best I have ever seen. It was actually a city backed project called ExhibitBe. On this trip, I only had time to tour three of the twelve or so buildings & only made it to the second floor of only one. A second visit is in a gallery below this one. Here are a couple of links giving the violent history & one on th art project.
Old Louisiana Bayou Home
Old Louisiana Bayou Home
Furniture in the Attic
I have zero information on this house. It is in the swamps of Louisiana. It is old. At one time it appears to have been a business of some kind. All of the furniture that looked like filled the 'home', was all in the attic. We're talking early 1900's furniture, maybe older. It's so close to a major water source, the floors are covered in silt from when the water rises. We found this place because we know of a church from the late 1800's that's somewhere in the area. We didn't find it this day, but we now know where it is. The water has risen with so much rain as of late we can't get to it. As soon as we do, I will update this post with a link to those photos.
From the road this house almost imperceptible. Getting in the open front door was sketchy. Most of the floor at the entrance was gone. Even the floor joists were mostly rotten. As you see below, the closets are as if they were used just yesterday. Hanging clothe is so interesting to me.