Lost Plantations of the South

Lost Plantations of the South

Marc R. Matrana

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 1578069424

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The great majority of the South's plantation homes have been destroyed over time, and many have long been forgotten. In Lost Plantations of the South, Marc R. Matrana weaves together photographs, diaries and letters, architectural renderings, and other rare documents to tell the story of sixty of these vanquished estates and the people who once called them home.

From plantations that were destroyed by natural disaster such as Alabama’s Forks of Cypress, to those that were intentionally demolished such as Seven Oaks in Louisiana and Mount Brilliant in Kentucky, Matrana resurrects these lost mansions. Including plantations throughout the South as well as border states, Matrana carefully tracks the histories of each from the earliest days of construction to the often contentious struggles to preserve these irreplaceable historic treasures. Lost Plantations of the South explores the root causes of demise and provides understanding and insight on how lessons learned in these sad losses can help prevent future preservation crises. Capturing the voices of masters and mistresses alongside those of slaves, and featuring more than one hundred elegant archival illustrations, this book explores the powerful and complex histories of these cardinal homes across the South.

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portion of the house completed. Pickens remarried, to Selina Louisa Lenoir, the daughter of Colonel Thomas Lenoir and Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir. Together the couple had one child, Thomas Lenoir Pickens. Sadly, Selina also died young, leaving Samuel Pickens twice a widower. He remarried again, to Mary Gaillard Thomas of South Carolina. She bore him many children, including James (Jamie), Samuel, William, John, Mary, Louisa, and Isreal. As the Pickens family continued to grow, so did their wealth.

in service long. While lying in a hospital bed he wrote: There were a large number of Yankee prisoners which we captured yesterday, which passes to the ear whilst I was at the provost guard’s last even’g. Also a quantity of wounded men, both of ours & the Yankees—mutilated & shot in almost every imaginable manner. The sight was shocking to behold. There was a considerable number of wounded at the hospital to-day when I got there, & ambulances were constantly arriving with them. Amputation is

James. During her years at Glenburnie she was visited each night by her companion Duncan Minor, who rode a horse between his home, Oakland, and Merrill’s residence. Minor, like Merrill herself, was a southerner of high social standing and wealth, although he was notoriously stingy. It is said that the couple had been in love for decades, but were forbidden to marry because they were distant cousins. Other sources note that a feud between the two households is what actually prevented the couple

plantation structures could be found: a tall bell stand, a pigeonnier, a commissary with supplies and goods for slaves and other plantation residents, a number of large production buildings and sheds, and a village of slave cabins. There was also a unique octagonal cistern house built of lattice walls and boasting a peaked shingled roof with small spire. Immediately surrounding the house, a fence adorned with running roses provided both beauty and a pleasant pastime in flower gardening for Davis

the night of January 2, 1940, when firefighters were summoned to the site. The house was ablaze in a fire of unknown origin, and, despite great efforts, by morning all that was left were blackened brick walls and scorched iron columns. Today, all that remains of this once-massive plantation is one of the two-story brick dependencies, now converted into a private home. Windy Hill Manor Windy Hill Manor, the plantation home of Benijah Osmun and later of a governor of Mississippi and his daughter,

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