After a busy day with Tobasco, Creole food, and fresh French Bread, we continued on to the little town of Jeanerette. While touring the Jeanerette Sugar Museum, the hostess suggested we drive a ways down the road to view Albania , a Greek Revival sugar cane plantation. Although not open to the public, it is acceptable to stop out front for photos. The owner, Hunt Slonem , a world renowned Manhattan artist in the abstract impressionist style, purchased the 12,000 square foot mansion about 1o years ago and has beautifully restored it. He has been known to invite strangers into his lovely home for personal tours.
…taking photos from the roadside….. and the next thing we knew, TS and Harrell beckoned us into the drive, where we had been invited to come in for a personal tour!
Carol, Molly and TS on the steps
So, we parked under the canopy of cypress and live oaks….
….and were welcomed inside to view this lovely home.
Harrell pauses in the Parlor of Albania
Artwork of Hunt Slonem graces a settee in the anteroom (above)
Tommie Sue and Harrell rocking away at Albania
Molly chattin’ up Hunt for a moment
A huge sugar kettle guards the side yard
And this was the parting view of Albania on the Bayou Teche…
So ended a wonderful and busy day, taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of the Bayou, and a very special one, as Hunt Slonem kindly shared his home with us, giving us a glimpse of a lovely old jewel in Cajun sugar cane country.