While writing The Planter's Daughter, we visited Liendo Plantation, located in Hempstead,Texas, about 4 hours from where we live in the hill country. The plantation house is privately owned, but the owner graciously opens it to the public once a month for tours. On the weekend before Thanksgiving they have a Civil War re-enactment on the grounds with vendors, food, and a ton of fun!
Since you can't join me on a research trip, I thought I'd share some of my pictures of the plantation with you. Readers of The Planter's Daughter might recognize the house from the description of the fictional Rose Hill Manor I use in the book with a few minor changes.
|Liendo Plantation house was built by slaves in 1853. The porch on Rose Hill Manor|
wraps all the way around, but I can still envision Adella Rose standing on
this porch, can't you?
|The back of the house. Again, the porch on Rose Hill Manor would have circled|
the entire bottom floor. Also, the kitchen is detached from the main house
in the book.
|Guests attending the pre-wedding gala for George & Natalie might have sat|
here to catch a cool breeze
|The brick wall fascinated me. I kept imagining|
slaves laboring over the laying of each brick.
|This reminds me of the scene where Adella Rose|
is sitting on the porch with her family one evening.
Her father does something that shocks her.
|Readers, can't you picture Adella Rose hurrying|
down these steps, barefoot of course, to greet
her father in Chapter One?
|Even though I don't have a peacock in |
The Planter's Daughter, I thought this guy was
|This is an actual slave cabin. Jeptha, Mammy, and the other Rose Hill slaves would|
have had very crowded living conditions, considering there were nearly
one hundred slaves on the plantation.
|Perhaps some of the guests who attend George & Natalie's |
wedding looked like this.