Exploring the Houmas House Plantation & New Orleans history
Today’s show will find World Footprints traveling to the crown jewel of Louisiana’s River Road, revisiting a dark chapter in American history, and uncovering the best that New Orleans has to offer. The Houmas House in Darrow, Louisiana is an antebellus plantation and sister property of the famous Greenbrier Resort in Virginia. This historical jewel sits between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and contains a treasure trove of history within its walls. We were pleased to spend a day with the planation’s colorful owner, entrepreneur Kevin Kelly and learn what he is doing to preserve Houmas House as a living history and decorative arts showcase.
Then, the greatest act of slave resistance in American history took place in 1811 just outside of New Orleans and has remained largely untold, until now. Author Daniel Rasmussen joins us to discuss his book, American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt, and shed new light on the great American paradox–slavery.
Finally, native New Orleanian and travel writer Laura Martone is the author of the Moon Travel Guide to New Orleans and she stops by to offer an insider’s guide to the best that New Orleans has to offer.