We had a nice weekend at Citadel Antiques as many antique hunters braved the rain on Saturday to come to The Bennett House and check out our inventory. Sunday dawned as a gorgeous, clear day, though -- but HOT. While we enjoyed our customers, we were especially pleased to welcome our neighbors--The Oaks Subdivision Homeowners' Association--who used The Bennett House's back room for their Association meeting. Their chili dogs were AWESOME. (As long as they feed me a chili dog, they are welcome back whenever they'd like!)
This old photograph mounted in an original period frame was found inside a Neville Plantation armoire after I acquired the property in the 1990s. No known photo of Neville Plantation exists....at least insofar as I know. So...what IS this photo? Who ARE these folks? What can we learn from their dress or the style of architecture -- any guess as to dates from those clues? COULD THIS BE A MISSING PHOTO OF NEVILLE PLANTATION in Port Hudson, LA? It was built before the Civil War, endured the siege at Port Hudson (and is mentioned in almost every history of that action), limped along after the war, fell into disrepair after the turn of the 20th Century and burned in 1927 or so. Any guesses from our History Detectives?
Citadel Antiques is owned by Jim Clary, Jr. -- whose "real job" for the last 35 years has been as a trial lawyer and owner of ClarySuba & Associates -- a Baton Rouge law firm. Jim has been interested in antiques and history since the world was new. Over the years, this passion has resulted in a large personal collection of antiques and other rare items. Having enjoyed these pieces for all those years, it is now time to pass 'em on for new owners to enjoy.