Lost Plantations of the South

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2009 - Electronic book - 320 pages
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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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This is a very interesting book! There is a ton of history included here, from US history to the specific history of each home featured. There are also a lot of pictures, drawings, and floor plans ... Read full review

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Wonderful vintage and current photography. Amazing insight to a lifestyle long gone and profound grief over the loss of these masterpieces. Read full review

Contents

Virginia West Virginia and Maryland
1
Arkansas Kentucky and Tennessee
31
CHAPTER 3 The Carolinas
49
CHAPTER 4 Georgia
81
CHAPTER 5 Alabama and Florida
109
CHAPTER 6 Mississippi
139
CHAPTER 7 Louisiana
177
CHAPTER 8 Texas
227
Conclusions
251
Notes
261
Bibliography
279
Note to the Reader
299
Index
301
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