Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley Plantation is in Vacherie, Louisiana. It's named after the double row of southern live oak trees about 800 feet long, planted in the early 18th century - before the present house was built. Although it's a beautiful place, the house was built by slaves and a museum contains shackles they were forced to wear.
This candle was used by the father of a young woman entertaining a suitor. The two young people could converse until the candle had burned down to the first twist. If the father approved of the suitor, he'd wind the candle up high so they'd have longer together. But if he didn't, he'd leave the candle low (as seen here) to keep the courting time brief.
These are the houses the slaves lived in. Much less grander than the plantation owner's abode.