The outside looked so prestigious as the double stairways lead up to the grand entry way. My Love and I took pictures on the front porch as if it were our home....no harm in dreaming.
We walked around the grounds a bit before we went in to eat. The entrance is through this corridor (picture to the left). The restaurant is located in the basement/bottom floor. Although the restaurant is very nice and elegant the staff is so-so. Maybe it is the California "snob" in me, but the staff seemed pretty unprofessional and disorganized. They even sat us and served us drinks at one table and then asked us to move. Our waitress was also not terribly attentive and had a super thick cajun accent that made her hard to understand. Besides the service the food was pretty good but a bit on the expensive side. And if you don't say something about you coupon from buying your tour tickets they won't ask, so don't forget.
We had a few more minutes before the tour started after we finished lunch, so we walked around the grounds a bit more.
Finally, it was time for the tour and time for Nottoway to redeem itself (after the mediocre lunch). We had an amazing tour guide who knew tons of interesting facts about the house and its tenants. The best part about all of these tours is that typically the people who run the tours are genuinely interested in the history, which makes your tour experience 10x better!
Inside the mansion was tons of original furniture. Apparently, they had a family member living in a part of the mansion that had been turned into an apartment, and in return she agreed to leave everything to the new owners for the "museum".
|Ballroom (party room)|
The ballroom was bright white and had amazing detail. I don't know how well you can see the molding from this picture but the detail is incredible. The tour guide informed us that someone handcrafted every bit, all over the house.
|Photo From: nottoway.com|
Upstairs there are many bedrooms and a large deck around the house. The bedrooms are also magnificently decorated. And the original furniture is astonishing. The tour guide told us that during the Civil War the owner had most of the furniture sent to warehouses in order to save it. And since then they have collected a lot of it back and people have even sent it back as they have found markings saying it belonged to the Nottoway Plantation.
The history of the house is amazing and well worth going on the tour which lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. After the tour ends the guide brings you to a little artifacts room with a small theater that plays a short (5 minute) film that recaps the history of the plantation. It is worth the trip if you are ever in the area and have an interest in History or architecture.
Destination: White Castle, LA
Points of Interest: Nottoway Plantation http://www.nottoway.com/index.htm
The Mansion Restaurant (3 stars out 5)