50.7 mi to New Orleans/Lee Circle
Whitney Plantation House and Grounds
River Road, Wallace, LA
C: John Cummings
504/586-0000 (o) 504/606-8821 (c)
QT/DJANGO IS USING THIS PLANTATION.The great house is in very good shape on the inside but is rough and currently being restored on its exterior. This property is 250 acres, with more acreage of sugar cane fields. The great house and the detached kitchen are original to the property. With the exception of the blacksmith shop (which was built recently to look of the period) all other pictured out buildings including church, slave cabins, general store, etc are of the period and mostly donated. The property is prepping to be a slave memorial and the plan is quite remarkable--focusing on the stories of the slave children. The barn next to the church is being built to be the visitor center. Mr. Cummings hope to have the project complete by Jan 2013--when it is complete, his plan is to give it to the Smithsonian. The main house is under restoration, the interiors are intact with original paint and frescos- three rooms per floor. It was quite dark and I could only get decent light on the two center rooms on each floor. There are seven slave cabins (do not have interior shots as they were locked and did not have key) but most are stable and in good shape. Each cabin has two separate rooms. The sugar cane was cut in October. By May/June/July, should be about thigh high and at the end of the album, there are some pics of some uncut fields that are brown because of the freeze but will re-green by spring/summer and grow tall. Very film friendly. QT's movie, at this point, is using the Whitney property for parking and support only, but it is not known yet their real dates of use. There has not been a contract signed for that yet, but a verbal agreement is in place. Also, the fields of Whitney abut the fields of the Evergreen plantation where QT is doing much of their filming--as well, the properties are connected by field roads.