I loved the grand staircase right in the front entry. David made a comment about re-using the drapes if things ever went south on the plantation...It's hard to tell, but they're a fabulous dark green velvet with gold fringe, a la Scarlett O'Hara. :)
Not a great photo here, but look at the fantastic ceilings! Lots of Jacob Petit in every room.
These swords were in the Jefferson Davis room. David's great-grandfather wrote in his journal about Civil War skirmishes that occurred right outside the main home. He also said there's a story that some Union soldiers roasted a pig in the fireplace!
After the home tour, we ate lunch. The dining table was absolutely beautiful (look at that silver plateau!) and can you tell that David was previously a florist?
All of the food was delicious, but of course I was particularly fond of the coconut cake.
Biggest fern I've ever seen!
And a formal garden...
And precious greenhouse!
(Hello, Meredith!--That's my sister taking a look inside.)
This smaller home was behind the main house and is where David's mother lives. I love that fountain. David said that in the spring, they had over 1,000 red tulips surrounding it!
Marlsgate was incredibly beautiful, but David definitely made the tour what it was! I'll leave you with one of my favorite comments from him that day:
"I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, but it's still a b---- to live in The South. We can fly to the moon but we can't kill a mosquito!?"