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I have had the opportunity to visit many plantation homes in the South, including the stunning Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, Louisiana, where I took Mum last year.

Nottoway is the Souths largest remaining antebellum mansion, built in 1859, it survived the civil war with just a single grapeshot.

the approach to Nottoway Plantation

the approach to Nottoway Plantation

It was a private residence until 2003, after which it was restored and opened to the public. It is now a resort destination, offering dining, accommodations, meeting and event facilities, a pool, tennis courts, a hair and nail salon and a fitness center.

this side of Nottoway Plantation looks towards the Mississippi River

this side of Nottoway Plantation looks towards the Mississippi River

the gardens originally included 120 fruit trees, 75 rose bushes, 150 strawberry plants and a variety of large trees, flower and vegetable gardens

the gardens originally included 120 fruit trees, 75 rose bushes, 150 strawberry plants and a variety of large trees, flower and vegetable gardens

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