We took a road trip to New Orleans last weekend. For part of one day, we explored the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana.
Here is the "big house."
An admission ticket allows you to walk around most of the grounds. This is a working blacksmith shop. They have demonstrations, but we weren't there at the right time. The plantation foundation is currently recreating slave cabins. They use historic construction methods and tools of the era, including what is made here:
There are several examples of slave cabins. This one is actually two one-room cabins divided by a wall that includes a double fireplace.
Here is the view of the "Oak Alley" with your back to the big house. You can see that the path ends at a small green hill:
A walk to the end of the path reveals this view of a river levee. The people standing on it give you an idea of its height...which isn't much.
When you're on top of the levee, you see it is all that stands between the residents of Vacherie and the Mississippi River. Kind of scary when you think about it.
...but when you turn your back to the levee and back toward Oak Alley this is the incredible view.
There were tours of the Big House, but we didn't partake. Our teenager was being a teenager and the high winds weren't helping the situation. Still, I'm glad we made this visit.
All we can do is expose our kids to history and hope these experiences stick in their brains. They may not act interested at the time, but I have faith that they will draw on these memories when it matters down the road.