Once we finished entertaining ourselves at South of the Border, we got back on the road to discover the south. I just can’t imagine what it must have been like to have this as your home:
This is Drayton Hall, the only plantation we had time to visit on our trip. And to think this place was built in the mid-1700s. I don’t think I can ever fully comprehend how wealthy people lived back then.
We arrived at the plantation just in time to take a tour, on which our guide referred to slaves as “enslaved peoples with origins in Africa.” I’m not sure if he was trying to be politically correct, but whatever the reason, it was definitely distracting. Regardless, the plantation was pretty impressive.
Oh, to be a southern belle and live the plantation life! Although, if I really did live back then, I’d probably be working in the kitchen…
Some photos from our tour:
The amount of detail that went into building this home was amazing
All the bricks were handmade, and on some you can even see fingerprints
To this day, the Drayton family has Thanksgiving dinner at Drayton Hall, which has never been updated with indoor plumbing or electricity. One of their other family traditions is marking the height of the children
Stairs used by the “enslaved peoples with origins in Africa”
Later they added a reflection pool
And if all that wasn’t enough, the drive was beautiful