Visiting Frogmore, an 1800 acre working cotton plantation with over 200 years of history, turned out to be one of the most memorable highlights on my recent travels through the South. Frogmore is located in Louisiana, a short distance across the Mississippi River from quaint and well preserved Natchez.
Frogmore's owners George (Buddy) and Lynette Tanner are the real deal. Passionate about cotton and its history, they have painstakingly restored a number of antebellum (pre Civil War) structures on the plantation grounds, some of which date back as far as the early 1800s. Many of buildings are now open to visit through guided tours.
Buddy guided us through today's computerized, mechanical farming and ginning, and Lynette, in a period hoop skirt, explained the story of early cotton farming, lives of slaves, and sharecropping. The amount of detailed, and well researched information both shared with us really opened doors to a much greater understanding of South. If you're visiting the area, even if it's a bit of a detour, don't miss out on this experience.
At time of publishing, they had a number of different tours available, Cotton Then & Now, and another one that focused more on the Civil War.
Visit their website, or call ahead to find out details.
>>>Nina Dietzel traveled on Trafalgar’s “Tastes and Sounds of the South” itinerary as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Nina’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.