Our next stop of the day was at another beautiful plantation home called Shadows on the Teche. It was built by sugarcane planter David and wife Mary Weeks. David and Mary Weeks were wealthy growers of sugarcane; they owned four plantations this one was built in 1831 and was designed for social entertainment. Shadows on the Teche is an excellent example of the Greek revival movement that was sweeping the nation at this time. One thing that I found to be so uniqe about the lay out of this plantation is that there are no hallways connecting the different rooms. To get from one room to the next or even from one level to the other you had to go outside and use the galleries or outdoor staircases. It was a very different design, but that most likely comes from the fact that it's main purpose was to entertain guests, not live in for long periods of time.
The plantation had beautiful grounds and was close by the river, it was a very peaceful estate.
After his death in 1905, Jefferson's heirs sold the house and land on March 15, 1917 to John Lyle Bayless, Sr. of Anchorage, Kentucky. His heir, J. Lyle Bayless, Jr., began developing formal gardens surrounding the Joseph Jefferson home in the late 1950's, so all the credit for the beautiful gardens goes to him.
After lunch we had a little while to wander around the gardens. A wedding was scheduled for later that day so it was all set up for the ceremony which was fun to see, those myan looking structures were a unique addition to the garden's landscape. The exotic Rip Van Winkle Gardens is a massive scale-down from wilderness to flower in a design of interlocking small gardens, splashes that seem like passing suggestions of Paradise and responses to a need for peace and beauty. These small gardens include a collection of delicate camellias flourishing in three connecting gardens; a Japanese garden, heavy with Oriental ambience; a modern rose garden and seasonal plants enhanced by subtropical plantings of bamboo and banana plants, giant-blossomed magnolia and sago palms.
Apparently the founder of Tabasco had an awesome pet bear, for those of you that know me well you know I am extrememly jealous of this. I would love to feed a bear a bottle while it curled up on my lap, no matter how big it was.
When it was time to bottle our own Tabasco we got to wear these festive aprons. So we bottled some sauce then put all of the traditional stickers on the bottle. For the back they gave us a personalized sticker where we got to write in our own special name. I wrote Miss Eliza because I thought it sounded nice and southern. My dad's was my favorite, he wanted a name that had his same initials MCJ and something that fit into the trips theme so his tabasco reads "...to become the private stock of Mr. Cajun Juice...." hahaha good one pops!
They gave everyone four sample bottles, one of each of their top selling sauce flavors, how cute are they.
My ice cream sample
That night we had a quiet dinner at our hotel and then I watched Morning Glory, the movie with rachel Mcadams and Harrison Ford, with my parents. It was nice to have an evening to relax, after all we are on vacation!