From Sunday, July 21 through Friday, July 26, Sweetums and I drove 2,150 miles from Huntsville, Alabama, to Fort Worth, Texas, and back again.Some of you followed along on social media but I promised more detailed posts on all our stops. It will take a few weeks to get to them all. I am planning to post in order of the trip. The map is below. Most sites will be included in my upcoming Guide to Southern Oddities.
Road-Trip Stop No. 8: Steel Magnolia House
320 Jefferson Street, Natchitoches, La., 318-238-2585
The house that was the centerpiece of the 1989 movie, “Steel Magnolias,” serving as the home of fictional Eatonton family, is a bed-and-breakfast inn. The 5,900-square-foot home was built circa-1841 and is now a bed-and-breakfast inn with rooms named for the film’s characters.
The home is furnished with crystal chandeliers, marble mantels over eight gas lit fireplaces, and many of the original antiques have decorated the home for years.
The film was made from a play written by a Natchitoches native, Robert Harling, based on the death of his sister, Susan.