The Faded Glory of Twin Oaks

The Faded Glory of Twin Oaks

 

By Elton Camp

 

The Southern mansion was gleaming white

The county’s social center both day and night

 

Its ionic columns were designed to impress

As a mute testimony to the planter’s success

 

Luxurious furnishings he did amass

Canopied beds, statues and cut glass

 

Slave labor planted and cultivated the field

In the fall, gathered in the bounteous yield

 

Its master dealt with them in a kindly way

As long as they obeyed all that he did say

 

Slave cabins hidden just beyond the trees

Where good enough for such as these

 

However, when the Civil War broke out,

The plantation’s future came to be in doubt

 

The Emancipation Proclamation ended it all

Into ruin, the house and lands began to fall

 

Twin Oaks is an empty, abandoned shell

Yet, of a lost civilization it still does tell

 


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Abandoned mansions dot the South
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