In 1936, Laura Locoul Gore completed an eye-witness account of life on a Creole Louisiana sugarcane farm named after her: "Laura Plantation."
Her manuscript, only recently discovered in St. Louis, Missouri, details the daily life and major events of the inhabitants, both free and enslaved, of the plantation that she and her maternal forebears ran. Laura's writings offer an insider's perspective into a Creole household, spanning four generations of love and greed, pride and betrayal, heroism and pettiness, violence and excess. And, her words are also an explanation to her children as to why she rejected the traditional confines of Louisiana's Creole world to become a modern American of the 20th Century.
This new publication (168 pages) includes an extensive biographical commentary on the members of Laura's Creole family by the current owners of the Laura Plantation Company, with 142 historic photographic images of the plantation and its inhabitants. Laura's Memories is available for purchase at the Plantation Shop Store in Louisiana or online here at the Plantation Shop.
Today, Laura Plantation is an historic cultural attraction open to the public, and Laura's Memories form the basis for the guided tours offered on-site daily.