|Metal Mule - representing the Rural Life Museum of Baton Rouge Louisana|
Before arriving at the 'portal' there were fields of decorated hay bales I passed, no surprises, today being Halloween.
|No bull, just hay!|
I stopped briefly at a botanical gardens, then drove on to the museum, thoroughly enjoying the views from every acre.
|The porch of the Rural Life Museum's main building|
|A look just one section of the museum|
|Spinning wheels, great and small|
|Carpenter's kit? Nope, a Doctors' field operation kit|
|The Dog Trot has porches on its front and on its back|
|The Dog Trot has a central breezeway - the 'dog trot' separates two halves of the house|
|Dog Trot's kitchen|
|View of College Grove Baptist Church|
|Inside are neat white pews and stained glass 'win-ders'|
|Wilt thou sit to the dastardly left or the heavenly right?|
|Super rare, Louisiana barn, made of hand split cypress|
|Look inside the southern Louisiana barn|
|Cajun house circa 1805|
|Okra Plants, with several ripening pods|
This interesting old house has a garden in its front area, including - okra, which as brought by enslaved peoples to North America
|'Single pen' Slave quarters circa 1840|
|Fireplace w/boots, high chair, adults chair & a rickity bed|
There are at least a dozen examples of buildings that housed enslaved peoples at the museum. Most were one room, i.e., single pen. Some were two roomed, and shockingly many housed poor people right into the 1970s.
The slave quarters below is from the 1830s. It was called a 'Saddlebag' type building as it had 2 single rooms, straddled on either side of a single chimney.
|Double-pen - two room -Slave Quarters|
|In overcrowded quarters, the enslaved folks bedded down on the floor|
|Inside the 'Sick House' where ailing enslaved people were nursed. Note the bed ropes, |
pulled to hold the mattress rigid, so people could 'sleep tight', & wake without a sore back
|The Sugar House|
|The first kettle|
The sugar house techniques used were imported from the West Indies. After the 1830s, the sugar shacks were mostly replaced by factories.
|A house of many uses - circa 1835|
You know what this is. 'Nuff said.
Totally enjoyed the Rural Life Museum. Seeing the old wood buildings makes one ponder about life when transportation meant your feet or a mule, and if you were lucky enough to have some 'learnin' you attended a one room school house. Yeah. I'd have hated it too. Nevertheless, today's Halloween, so on to tonight's adventure.