This was my second plantation tour of the day and each one provided a little more insight into this sobering chapter of our country's history. Evergreen was unique in that it has been used as a setting for multiple Hollywood movies, has an extensive collection of original slave cabins (most in USA?), and an oak lined drive established in 1790 that nearly rivals the one at Oak Alley.
The docents Desiree and Robin divided our large group into two and then we headed off in different directions. The main house does not take long to visit since it is only one room deep and the house is periodically occupied by the current owner, so it is not a pure "house museum" per se. The out buildings are well preserved and the boxwood gardens are quite extensive. Everyone seemed to enjoy the friendly plantation cat and his unique brand of Southern hospitality (see picture).
Note that Evergreen only runs two tours a day (11:15 AM and 2:00 PM), so you have to plan your time accordingly. I believe that with a little better time management, though, they could add a third tour since a lot of the discussion seemed extemporaneous and could be a little tighter.
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