Found along the border of Mississipi, the Hopewell Plantation has been painstakingly restored by the family of Admiral Buford J. Carter. With the exception of the massive stone and wood wall that encompasses the main residence, stepping onto the plantation is like stepping back into the Pre-Civil War era…complete with slaves in the fields and whip-wielding overseers. Admiral Carter and his family had been spared thanks to a personal family fallout shelter they retreated to just as the bombs fell. Upon exiting the shelter, Carter used his military training and strong personality to rally survivors around his banner, and they eventually discovered the relatively unscathed plantation house.
After the death of the Admiral, his son Buford Jr took control. It was he who first took to the idea of enslaving the raiders that attempted to attack the plantation, and the other members of the group saw this as a fitting punishment. Over time, as the plantation expanded and needed more and more hands, the group turned more and more to slavery to maintain their lifestyle.
The primary residence is a pre-Civil War plantation estate that had been converted to a high end hotel. It accommodates the five “genteel” families who share ownership of Hopewell (The Carters, the Duncans, the Howells, the Kanes, and the McDorns). The women tend to the education and care of the children, leaving mundane labor to slave staff. The men run the business of trading the sugar cane and rice grown on the plantation with caravan merchants. The two hundred plus slaves are kept in line by the armed guards that live in the barracks built on site.