Monday, September 19, 2005

Staying at a Cotton Plantation House near the Big Easy for $15/night?

One of the owners, Ipha, in the painting above? The estate is huge and filled with items from the 1880's and on.

Blythewood Plantation (website), Amite, Louisiana

Some history of slavery, cotton, and Blythewood

African-American Archaeology Newsletter (more)


Manuscripts Department
The Library at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill

The bar I went into in Hammond, Louisiana, not too far from New Orleans.

'Pedro, The Hairdresser', 2nd in from right got me in touch with Ipha suggesting that I not have to drive 150 to 200 miles for lodging due to the flood of people in the area for the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

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Reach of the NWP Professional Writing Retreat Grows

This particular retreat, sponsored by the Louisiana Writing Project State Network, unfolded between October 19 and 21, 2001, at the Blythewood Plantation House in Amite, Louisiana.

Blythewood, a turn-of the-century home, is a place of welcoming verandas, high ceilings, and eight bedrooms large enough to allow writers from the various Louisiana writing project sites plenty of space for creative pacing.

Part of the charm of Blythewood is that it is a little ragged around the edges. “It’s sort of Gone with the Wind meets The Shining,” said one participant.



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