Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Emma Falconer]
“The whole impression was of stateliness, spacious and grandour. The furnishings were the best that could be afforded and many of these were brought from Europe, since the ships made the port of New Orleans, from there the same as from New York. The beds were the four-poster type with the high posts, it was not an unusual thing for a bed to have posts twelve feet high and the sofas from seven to eight feet long. This was necessary for samll furniture in these rooms would have been entirely out of place. A clothes closet was practically an unknown thing, instead large ward-robes and cup-boards of walnut or mahogany were used.
“The plantation families were fond of flowering trees and shrubs, as well as the smaller varieties. The yards and gardens were the private recreation grounds of the family. One [of?] the shrubs which they took great pride in was the Pride of India, this grew quickly and gave luxuriant shade in the summer. Many had botanical gardens and imported sweet oil and tea plants. There were camelias and the spice trees also in these gardens. Other plants were the oleanders,