America's Castles: Grand Plantations

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A&E's America's Castles series offers an insider's look at the palatial residences of the nation's privileged. Grand Plantations presents an intimate look at the magnificent plantation homes found in the Old South. Those who amassed fortunes from cotton and cane flaunted their nobility, wealth, and power by constructing spectacular mansions. This exclusive video tour takes you to some of the greatest antebellum manors still existing. See the John Hampden Randolph home set on a 7,000-acre sugar plantation. ...
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From New Orleans to Natchez, along the great Mississippi River, southern plantation owners made enormous fortunes from the sale of cotton and cane. This capital was then used to ... build majestic castles celebrating their nobility, wealth, and power. In this awe-inspiring program from America's CastlesĀ®, take an exclusive tour of the great antebellum mansions of the Old South. Go inside John Hampden Randolph's 64-room castle, Nottoway, set on a 7,000-acre sugar plantation, and visit the exquisite Rosalie, built by Peter Little for his 13-year-old bride. Meet the colorful Irish immigrant Frederick Stanton, who became one of the richest men in America and built the five-story Stanton Hall to prove it. Finally, in the historic town of Natchez, Mississippi, get an inside look at Dr. Haller Nutt's Longwood, the 100-foot-tall octagonal wonder commonly referred to as Nutt's Folly." Grand Plantations is a once-in-a-lifetime, behind-the-scenes tour of some of the Old South's most spectacular architectural gems. Read more Show Less

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A&E's America's Castles series offers an insider's look at the palatial residences of the nation's privileged. Grand Plantations presents an intimate look at the magnificent plantation homes found in the Old South. Those who amassed fortunes from cotton and cane flaunted their nobility, wealth, and power by constructing spectacular mansions. This exclusive video tour takes you to some of the greatest antebellum manors still existing. See the John Hampden Randolph home set on a 7,000-acre sugar plantation. Visit the extraordinary Peter Little home built for his 13-year-old bride. Also, see the lavish Stanton Hall, home of Frederick Stanton, and the famed 100-foot-tall octagonal marvel called "Nutt's Folly." This tour of posh mansions and rich contents depicts the status and luxurious lifestyle celebrated by the wealthiest families of the Old South.
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  • Release Date: 12/19/2006
  • UPC: 733961767407
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Time: 50:00
  • Format: DVD

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Disc #1 -- America's Castles: Grand Plantations
1. Randolph's Nottoway [13:21]
2. Oak Valley [10:25]
3. Historic Natchez [11:29]
4. Nutt's Longwood [5:41]
5. Unfinished Dream [3:01]
6. Conclusion [1:27]
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