Understanding agricultural history through site-based research

When the Uncle Sam Plantation project team headed to Baton Rouge and the Louisiana River Road plantations to do site-based research, the last thing we expected to contend with was severe winter weather. I viewed the trip as a chance to get a break from Iowa winter to immerse ourselves in the much-warmer environment of Louisiana and to see sugar plantations first hand. The average January high in Baton Rouge is 61 degrees, and the average low is 41, after all.

How cold was it? The fountain at Houmas Plantation provides a hint.

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