While down in Baton Rouge, I visited the amazing LSU (Louisiana State University) Rural Life Museum. I knew nothing about the museum before my visit. I learned about this museum when a local antiques dealer mentioned that they occasionally donate a piece they acquired to the museum. That piqued my curiosity.

From the brochure:

“The Rural Life Museum holds the largest collection of Louisiana vernacular architecture and the most extensive collection of material culture artifacts from the 18th and 19th century. The museum includes 32 building, which spread over 25 acres…”

It’s got buildings, furniture, woodworking tools, blacksmithing tools, carriages, tractors, medical devices, looms and other things of delight and wonder. I had a good time and took around 286 pictures. It’s going to take a few days to sort it all out and arrange this in a logical fashion. Until I do, I will offer a few samples to keep you all interested. (This assumes you are interested to begin with.)

One topic I haven’t covered is post-life needs. This museum has a healthy selection of unique caskets and hearses. At the low end, we have the classic pine box:

May be a reproduction but unused.

May be a reproduction but unused.

For the slightly more affluent is the nice, painted wood casket:

For the more affluent decedent.

For the more affluent decedent.

"At Rest" Looks like a piece of molding painted.

“At Rest” Looks like a piece of molding painted.

And if cost is no object, the there is the cast iron casket:

Helps preserve the decedent and discourages grave robbers. From the mid-19th century.

Helps preserve the decedent and discourages grave robbers. From the mid-19th century.

Place for the name plate?

Place for the name plate?

And a smaller version.

And a smaller version.

And they needed transport:

A hearse with a copper casket.

A hearse with a copper casket.

A hearse with a cast iron casket.

A hearse with a cast iron casket.

Alternate view of the hearse.

Alternate view of the hearse.

Note the open and airy design. Allows you to not follow the wrong hearse.

And a gout stool for the not quite dead.

Another dang gout rocker.

Another dang gout rocker.