It was the 1920s when the revival of Louisiana's Great Mississippi River Road began with the restoration of Oak Alley, an antebellum sugar cane plantation halfway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Today Oak Alley, named for its double row of Live Oak trees, is a National Historic Landmark administered by the National Park Service and is open for tours.
In the intervening years, the restoration of other plantations has turned River Road into a trail for tourists interested in Louisiana history -- and a fine route for roadtrippers.
Now, another plantation on a less-traveled section of the River Road south of New Orleans is up for auction, and some people see tourism in its future too. Mary Plantation, located in Briathwaite, will be sold at auction on March 10. See the full story here.
Photo of Mary Plantation by the Associated Press.