Friday, September 4, 2009

Sleep Like A Sharecropper

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One bed and breakfast brings back the days of sharecropping.

The Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi, gives travelers a dose of history by renting out sharecropper shacks, the housing used by field workers during the plantation days of the old south.

President Bill Talbot says staying in one of the old wooden shacks, which are from various real plantations around the south, really allows guests to “see how it was” way back when.

But instead of picking cotton, they’re encouraged to drink on the porch while sitting on a rocking chair and enjoy the slow pace of Mississippi living.

Talbot understands that some people might find the B&B offensive to African-Americans, and to them he says, “Don’t bother coming. Just leave us alone and we’ll both be okay.”

He’s found it surprising how many European travelers have taken to the shacks and plans on making “longterm shackability” available by turning them into “shackaminiums.”

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