An old sugar plantation, The Cottage, now lies in ruins along the River Road, just six miles south of Baton Rouge. The plantation burned to the ground when it was struck by lightning in 1960. Frances Parkinson Keyes, the author, lived there for a time.
As with most Louisiana plantations, this one is allegedly haunted. According to legend, one of the spirits is Angus Holt, who had taken care of the family that lived there during the 1800s. After the Civil War he returned to find the family scattered or dead and took it upon himself to care for the property until his death in 1880. His apparition has been seen walking the halls since that time.
At some point, the steamboat Princess exploded on the Mississippi River as it headed towards New Orleans in the 1800s. Seventy people were killed instantly and more than 100 swam to shore, ending up on the lawn of The Cottage. White sheets covered in flour were brought out to help care for the burn victims, yet they all perished. To this day it is said that white powder can still be seen rising into the air on any given evening, as well as bloody sheets.
|I could not get too close because large, bold signs warned of jail and prosecution.|
At my age, this is just not an option, so I respected the signs. :)
|Thank goodness for the zoom lens. Focused on the foreground to get a little blur in the background.|
|This vintage "hand tinted" processing is from a free tutorial given by Georgianna Lane. Of course her stuff puts my effort to shame. |
It's one of the easiest tutorials using masks that I've seen yet. You really should check it out.
|Original of above shot|
|Focusing on the tree limbs in the foreground again. I think I detect a slight haze. Hmmmm....|
Edit: Below are postcards of what the plantation looked like, which might help answer questions about the columns.