Welcome to the 296th Tablescape Thursday!
Last week while touring plantation homes across Louisiana and Mississippi, I was happy to discover photography was allowed in almost every home we toured. Today we are venturing inside the beautiful dining room of Rosedown Plantation.
As you can see in this picture from Wikipedia below, Oak Alley Plantation isn’t the only Louisiana plantation home with a beautiful avenue of ancient oak trees. It took real vision and a respect for heritage to plant oak trees in this manner because as slow-growing as they are, the person planting them would have known they would never live to see this magnificent sight. So glad they planted them for future generations to enjoy!
Rosedown was the home of Daniel and Martha (Barrow) Turnbull and they named their home Rosedown after a play they saw on their honeymoon. Rosedown was once situated on 3,455 acres of land, mostly planted in cotton. So many of the homes we toured were sugarcane plantations so I was surprised to learn Rosedown was a cotton plantation.
In the dining room, the table was set with beautiful china. I didn’t recognize the pattern but I’ll share a close-up photo toward the end of this post and if you recognize it, please share the name.
I loved the beautiful old mirror above the fireplace. Wish dining rooms were still built with beautiful built-in china cabinetry like we see here.
Are you familiar with the device you see hanging here above the table? It’s a large, swinging fan called a punkah and the first ones date all the way back to early 500 B.C. They were more commonly known as a shoo-fly fan and were often seen in the dining rooms of plantation homes.
Back in the day, windows were always open to catch the breezes. Unfortunately, bugs like annoying flies would find their way in. To keep the flies away from the food and the dinner guests, someone would sit over in the corner and operate the fan by pulling on the rope.
When it was really hot, a big bowl of ice could be placed on the table and the movement of the fan would create cool breezes. I wonder how readily ice was available back then. I have a feeling it was used more often to keep the bugs away from the dinner guests than for cooling. Thank goodness for air conditioning! We have it good today, don’t we? I wonder what that large clear bowl inside the soup bowl was for. Maybe each guess had their own bowl of ice for cooling.
Here’s another view of this end of the room from the other side. I couldn’t always get the view/angle of the room that I wanted due to all the folks attending the tour. Just had to do the best I could. You’ll probably be hearing that whine from time to time as I post tours of the homes we visited. 🙂
There was a pretty sideboard tucked into one corner of the room. You can see where the fan was tied off/operated in this photo, too.
We get a better view of the dishware here on the sideboard.
Anyone recognize the pattern? Look at those beautiful cranberry glasses there on the end.
Rosedown was probably my favorite of all the homes we toured. The interior decor was stunning and the grounds/landscaping was wonderful! I can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous home in future posts.
Looking forward to the beautiful tablescapes linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!
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