Saturday, January 12, 2013


Over our New Years holiday down the bayou we took a 5 minute car ride from my in-laws house to visit Laurel Valley Plantation's Sugar Mill site and slave quarters.  The 1987 film Angel Heart was one of several films to shoot on location here.  This plantation was in operation from 1830's to 1920's.  Even though some improvements were made to the structures during the 100 odd years they were inhabited, their original intent as housing for slave labor is a haunting reality.

Small bridge over creek. Electricity on quarter home presumably added for movie shoots? Only 2-3 of the quarter buildings were wired. 
Double creole quarters
Ghosts? for sure

The Sugar Mill itself has fallen apart.  What's left is some of the outer brick walls and surprisingly quite a bit of "artifacts" from the plant.

After coming home, I did some research on the internet and found a lot of older historical shots of the plantation.  If you're interested, here's a link to some housed in the library of Congress. Laurel Valley Plantation Photos
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