Cedar Grove Plantation (Bayou Rapides House)
The Jeff Horn family recently held a reunion near Alexandria and were able to visit their old house on Bayou Rapides Road, which the family lived in starting in the early 1970s. They moved from here to Tyler, Texas around 1988. The same family that purchased the home then lives in it now, and as we found out during our quick tour, they haven't changed much at all! It was quite a unique experience for the family who lived here; stepping back in time a good 30 years!
The house is a replacement of an original plantation house, and the property was and is known as Cedar Grove Plantation. Governor Joseph Marshall Walker (no known relation) is buried on the property, so the story goes. According to some documentation, this means that Cedar Grove once belonged to his family . . . Interesting.
Charlotte showing the kids the inside of the shed out back, where the kids used to play.
Looking from the side patio to the magnolia tree.
In the next few pictures, we gathered underneath the extremely large magnolia tree to the left side of the house. This is the tree where the younger set of Horn children spent hours and hours playing all year. They had a little fort in the tree and a rope swing on one of the branches. Remnants of both were still there. What a cool moment for them all to share together!
Charlotte and Georgia discovering the fort pieces!
Hearing stories about the tree.
Audrey in the tree!
The house from the tree.
Steamy in the shade.
Emmaline and Johnny
The cotton fields behind the house.
The stables, on the opposite side of the house.
Bayou Rapides and the weir, across the road from the house. The kids used to play here all the time.