Today I'm going to show you a few of the many, many photos I took, just enough to give you an idea of what the museum is all about. I'll make the images smaller than usual so I can post more of them without bogging everybody down. Be sure to click the images to enlarge them.
The museum building itself contains so many items it would be impossible to take a good long look at all of them in a single day, so I'll show you just a couple of the collections I particularly enjoyed. Let's start out in the transportation area, where an old hearse is at the head of one long line of vehicles.
In a room nearby is a collection of old sewing machines. This photo shows just a small number of them:
As much as I enjoyed seeing the artifacts inside the building, the outside area, with its village of buildings representing different eras, was by far the part of the experience that grabbed my interest and wouldn't let go. The photo at left shows the front of the redbrick commissary.
Here's a row of former slave cabins.
All of the outbuildings are furnished. At right is the sleeping area in one of the slave cabins.
Here's a side view of an Acadian-style house, with its outside stairway. This photo also demonstrates how scenic the village setting is.
Another side view, this time of the small village church with its painted windows.
This is the front porch of a pioneer's cabin...
...and here's what you see when you look through the pioneer cabin's front door.
One final photographic sample of the museum's beautiful natural setting:
There is so much more to this place than what I'm showing you here today: many more exhibits, many more buildings, beautiful trees, lush gardens. If you're ever in the Baton Rouge area, you owe it to yourself to set aside time to see all this in person. I can't wait to see it again next spring.