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Bottle House

One of the few buildings still standing in Rhyolite is a house made of glass and adobe. A local saloon owner, Tom Kelly, built this house in 1906 using materials he had in abundance: 51,000 beer bottles and mud.

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White House

Wedding Cake House

Nit Wit Ridge

Oak Alley Plantation

The Oak Alley Plantation is a historic sugar cane plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana.

An alley of oak

Touring the big house

Reconstructed slave cabins

Laura Plantation

The Laura Plantation is a restored Creole plantation along the Mississippi River. 

The Creole big house was built in 1804 and 1805

The rear wings of the big house were destroyed by fire in 2004

The above-ground "basement" provided space for storage

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The slave quarters were occupied until 1977

Rip Van Winkle Gardens

On a recommendation from a local, we went out of our way to visit Rip Van Winkle Gardens.

A video about the property is shown in the visitor center. You can watch it here.

First, we toured the Joseph Jefferson Mansion -- an 1870 Southern mansion built for its namesake near Lake Peigneur. Picture-taking was not permitted inside the house, so you'll have to visit yourself to see what's inside.

Joseph Jefferson Mansion
The Joseph Jefferson Mansion (photo by Joseph a)

After touring the home, we set out to explore the beautiful gardens.

We met a local frog as we walked the gardens. The frog didn't seem to be as happy to meet us as we were to meet it; but it did pose for a couple photos before it went on its way.

From the shores of Lake Peigneur, we saw a chimney sticking out of the water. This chimney belongs to a second house on the property that was destroyed in 1980 when a Texaco oil rig accidentally drilled into the Diamond Crystal salt mine under the lake.

After walking the gardens, we had a bit of difficulty leaving the property. A Jefferson Island resident blocked our exit. Everywhere I tried to drive, this resident walked in front of the car, and stood, and stared at us. 

Only after offering him a hug did he move out of the way.