Finding beauty in the broken

Glad you joined us!

You might remember when we left off here

Sister and I had just left The Corbel and our mouths were running 90 miles a minute!

True typical fashion for us.

We were heading for some cute shops downtown.

What we didn't know.....
  we had passed up our turn that lead us right into one of our greatest adventures yet.

Sister spotted a Plantation sign "Afton Villa" on the side of the road.

We looked at one another and smiled.

Sure. Why not!

We paid an unusually low fee to enter and headed down a moss covered driveway.

To our surprise, what once stood at the end of the long driveway was no longer.

Can we back up for just a bit?

We entered into a whole lot of history just begging to be shared.

The property we were now standing on, was purchased in 1820 by Bartholomew Barrow from his brother. He was one of the richest families in Louisiana at that time. He later sold his land to his son David in 1839.
David built a thriving plantation on his newly owned 3,000 acres. After the death of his first wife, he remarried Susan Woolfok. And just like any typical woman, she wanted to make the home hers. David gave her the OK but with only one catch. The original home had to stay intact. No worries for Susan, she just built right around

The 40 room Gothic Revival began in 1849 and  took 8 years to complete. Not bad for a remodel.
The fancy gardens alone, spread over 25 acres! 

David passed in 1874 leaving Susan to care for the plantation until she sold the estate in 1876.

Here is Afton in its Hay Day!

Unfortunately, A huge lightening storm in 1963 passed through the small town and struck Afton Villa.
The beautiful home was left in ruins.

But not for long!!

Another family bought the grounds and here is where our story begins... 

Where Afton once stood at the end of the driveway, now greets you with beautiful statues and mounds of flowers.

You can see above where the steps lead into the home.

Some may see rubble.... we saw beauty!

What remains today is a few walls, steps and a look back in time.

Just past the steps, you will discover a huge circle of where the house once stood.
It's now a grass covered courtyard. 

We came at the perfect time too!

The flowers were putting on a show for us.

Just past the grass covered courtyard, you will find the open area where the kitchen once stood.

You can see it here with the cement picnic table.

This was an original shot of the back of the house.


We found small surprises around every corner.

The steps below near the kitchen were believed to take you to the second floor.

Another view from the back of the house.

I can't tell you how in awe Missy and I were.

Pictures just don't do this sweet place the justice it deserves.

And to be honest, I had goosebumps the entire time.

We were free to walk the grounds as we pleased.

I'm guessing this was a window or door that lead to the formal gardens.

Speaking of formal gardens...

They thrived!!

Just off of the main house and down a few stone steps...

You find yourself in a maze of beauty...

Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R Tolkien

to be cont..



  1. Beyond beautiful!! This reminded me of an adventure we had one summer. We drove up to Natchez (love that area)...this couple started talking to us and we told them we were just riding and visiting different areas and the next day we were heading up the Natchez Trace...well their faces lit up and said OH you have to turn off of the Natchez Trace and visit The Windsor Ruins, you will be amazed. So we did, skeptical at first. Well I can tell you, when we turned down the dirt road, I thought this can't be much. As we turned the curved actually took my breath away. You can see pictures of it...does it no justice as seeing it up MUST!!!! I promise you won't be sorry. From the Natchez Trace Parkway take Mississippi Highway 552 at milepost 30. Go west and follow the signs.

    1. Sounds like one to add to our list. Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Gorgeous! I love the stairs that go up to nowhere!

  3. Beautiful indeed! I love it when the road leads you to hidden gems like this! A few years ago my H and I visited Myrtle Beach SC. I wanted to visit the row houses in Charleston somehow we made a wrong turn and ended up finding the most beautiful plantation. We were given a tour of the home and gardens. There was a small restaurant on site. I still remember my lunch of freshly baked bread with the most delicious just picked tomato sandwich and sweet tea. On a different note my best friend's Husband is from Louisiana I hope to visit some day. Thanks for sharing Susie!


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