2011 Road Trip, Eastern Section
History and Prehistory of Lake County
and Beyond
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On the way to the Keys, we took the
old Tamiami Trail across Big Cypress
Swamp to Miami.  On the way we saw
alligators and the Miccosukee Tribal Headquarters.  Long Key was our destination where we
spent almost 2 weeks with mom and dad enjoying the sights and tastes of the Keys.
Heading East
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While driving to Florida, we turned
south and headed for the gulf.  We
took Highway 90 (Cane Alley) through
the old sugarcane plantation areas of
Louisiana.  We visited New Iberia
(where Cheyanne spent her childhood
summers), toured the Shadows
Plantation Home on Bayou Teche and
visited Avery Island (home of the
Tabasco factory).

In Houma, we connected with Tracy
Baudoin (cane syrup maker) who
introduced us to people and historic
sites in Cane Country from Houma to
Thibodaux.  Then it was across
Mississippi and Alabama to Florida.
New Iberia, The Shadows Plantation (1834)
The Shadows on Bayou Teche
John and Tracy Baudoin visit a fellow cane-mill restorer near Houma
Slave quarters, Laurel Valley Plantation, largest surviving 19th century plantation complex in the US
Ruins of Laurel Valley Cane Mill (1850)
Slave church at Laurel Valley Plantation
Tracy Baudoin (left) listens while Kenny Hebert (right) tells stories at the Laurel Valley Plantation store
Heading back home
The trip home took us north and into Georgia where we met Claude and Margaret Knight.  
They had a 100-year-old cane mill to sell that John wanted to bring to California to make
sorghum.  In addition, they treated us to some Georgian hospitality and gave us the family
history behind the mill.  The museum in nearby Quitman (where the mill was made) had a mill
on display just like the one we had purchased.

Back to the Louisiana Bayous we crossed the Mississippi by bridge and by ferry to get to St.
Francisville where we toured the Myrtles Plantation.  Heading north on our way to Oklahoma
we broke down just south of Shreveport causing 1/2-day delay.
Cheyanne at the Tabasco factory on Avery Island
Great Great Grandfather Hustis Studstill
Mom and Cheyanne shop for Keys wind chimes
Sunset from the west end of Long Key
John catches a very large lobster in the Keys
Cheyanne picks out some blouses at the Big Pine Key flea market
We all go to lunch at the World Wide Sportsman.
How about some Conch chowder
Great views everywhere
Mom and dad at No Name Pub
No Name Pub located on No Name Key (somewhere)
Old Overseas Railroad and highway bridge to Spanish Harbor Key
James looks on as Claude (Bubba) Knight and John load the old Studstill cane mill
We tour James cabin with Bubba Knight (left) and his wife Margaret Studstill Knight (right)
Bubba gives us a wagon ride to James Studstill's cabin.
Oak Alley Plantation (1839) on the Mississippi
Old Smiley along the Tamiami Trail in Big Cypress Swamp
Miccosukee Tribal Center along the Tamiami Trail
Smiles on the balcony at The Shadows
The Studstill family from left: Jessie, Margaret (mother), Virginia, Lucille, Albert (father), boys Ralph and Albert Jr.
Margaret Thursa Langford Studstill
Finally in the Keys
The Turtle Hospital in the Keys
Mom and dad check out the rescued sea turtles
Mr. Iguana basking in the sun at the Turtle Hospital
Old Cane Mill at the Quitman Museum, Georgia
Crossing the Mississippi at Scotlandville
Along the Mississippi cemeteries and churches every few miles
One of many antebellum homes in St. Francisville
Cheyanne walks the grounds of the Myrtles Plantation (America's most haunted house)
Touring the Myrtles Plantation House
Ferry across the Mississippi to St. Francisville
Riding the New Roads ferry
Arriving on the St. Francisville side
Short in the dashboard knocks out the car just south of Shreveport
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