|Like Avery Island, Jefferson Island sits atop a salt dome. |
This one is just 20 acres and is the first in a line of a total of five domes
We are here to see the Joseph Jefferson Mansion and Rip Van Winkle Gardens. Like most everything else we've seen and done here, this proves to be a terrific choice for an adventure.
|Rip Van Winkle Gardens was named for the actor, Joseph Jefferson and the character he played on stage|
Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905) was an actor who first appeared on stage at age 3. He immortalized the character Rip Van Winkle in the play of the same name by Washington Irving. Joseph Jefferson played Rip Van Winkle all around the world. He became internationally famous had many friends and followers, not the least of which was President Grover Cleveland, who visited Jefferson here on occasion. President Cleveland, Joseph Jefferson and the McIllhenny men of the Tabasco fame surely were all friends as their names interchange here often.
|Huge stands of arching bamboo give a tunnel effect|
|Real men push dog strollers|
|Joyce stands beneath Lafitte Oaks where Jean Lafitte's pirate treasure was buried.|
|Joyce, Pam, Wayne, Lexie and Ozzie along one of the garden pathways.|
About the home. It is a twenty-two room mansion with a fourth-floor cupola. It's architecture is a mix of Moorish, Steamboat Gothic, French and Southern Plantation styling. I was especially happy to learn that almost all of the home furnishings are original to the owners. The price of admission ($10 / $8 seniors) grants visitors the chance to tour the home's interior in addition to the gardens. I'm not usually thrilled at home interior tours, but this one was especially good and the credit goes, in large part, to the remarkably gifted woman who guided us through the home. Her storytelling ability are enviable. I failed to take her picture but she was sure good at what she does.
|The Joseph Jefferson Mansion, built in 1870.It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Some of the oak trees are 350 years old.|
This is one of the prettiest scenes... looking down the lane from the front yard.
|The tree behind Lexie, Ozzie and me is a 350 year old live oak. |
President Grover Cleveland napped under the tree's branches when he visited his friend, Joseph Jefferson.
|In 1869, Joseph Jefferson bought this 20 acre plot of land to use as a hunting and fishing camp.|
|View from the home's front porch|
|Joyce and Pam loved being in the gardens.|
|Huge stands of bamboo made a cavern through which we all walked and looked very small.|
|No, Pam, you may not pick the bananas|
|Rip Van Winkle Gardens is pet friendly. Lexie and Ozzie enjoyed the day with us.|
With the conclusion of this property tour, our time in Louisiana will conclude and we will pull up stakes and move along. Our next stop is San Antonio. We hope you'll join us there.