This picture is from the upstairs of the Gougenheim building in New Iberia. A big hall downstairs, and beautiful accomidations upstairs. I think 9-10 suites.
Across the street past the parking lot is the Bayou Teche. Not the best pic of it, but gives you an idea how close it is to downtown.
To the right about a 1/2 mile are some beautiful homes.
Oaklawn Manor in Franklin
One of the little excursions we made was to a mansion in Franklin Louisiana called Oaklawn. At the time we visited, Oaklawn was in DIRE need of paint. I do not remember whether we went inside or just visited the gardens.
The manor house (c 1837) was originally the home of an Irishman Alexander Porter who was successful politically and as a sugar planter, but not successful in leaving behind family members to inherit his plantation. His wife and all his children died before he did. After he died in 1844, the plantation was inherited by his brother who also died. After the Civil War, his brother's wife had to sell the house to a wealthy New Yorker. In the early 1920s the estate was bought by the Barbour family, restored and opened to the public. Unfortunately, Captain Barbour passed away in 1930; but his widow continued to live there for nearly thirty years. The Barbours' daughter, Lucile married Thomas J. Holms II, a man from Chicago, Illinois, and they returned to live there permanently in the 1950's. When we visited in 1960, it was when the Holms' were in charge.
In 1963 (after our visit), Tom and Lucie sold Oaklawn to George B. Thomson, a young man form Crowley, Louisiana. He and his wife painted the exterior which required 500 gallons of paint. Just one year after the Thomsons moved in, hurricane Hilda cost the lives of 44 cedars along the property's Cedar Walk.
Bob took my picture here but it is blurred because he did not realize that he had to hold the camera really still because of the shade on the Cedar Walk.
Visitor Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Adult: $10.00