“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” ~ Maya Angelou
I live just a few miles from Waveland State Historic Site, but I’d never been there until Sharon visited last month. Waveland is an antebellum estate that had about 2,000 acres at one time. The owners migrated here with Daniel Boone and settled Waveland in the late 1700’s. It grew to be the nation’s top hemp and rope producer. In many ways it was exactly what I expected: a slave-holding, audacious space with garish wallpaper. Thanks to a son of Waveland’s master entrepreneur, Joseph Bryan, the estate was lost to debt. With just a fraction of the acreage remaining, the state bought Waveland in 1956 and turned it into a museum. They’ve done a pretty good job refurnishing the house with some of the original Bryan pieces, but more impressive, they’ve preserved the large kitchen which also sheltered the house slaves. That’s actually the part I liked the best. Until I went to Waveland I didn’t realize that many large plantation houses such as this put the kitchen in an entirely separate building because it was hot, and it caused everything in the house to smell of cooked food. God forbid. Meanwhile, the locals swear it’s haunted, and the museum plays up that little tidbit. Sharon should come back for Halloween so we can go again and listen for the mysterious music.