1. Jean Baptiste Honore Destrehan, whose father was a councilor to Louis XIV, became the treasurer of the new French colony which is now known as Louisiana.
2. The home that bears the Destrehan name now was built from 1787-1790 by Charles Paquet, a master builder and designer who was also a "free man of color."
|Back of the home|
4. The home is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Charles Parish. The river is separated from the home by a 2 lane road and several levees.
6. His daughter Celeste and her husband, Jean Noel Destrehan, a direct descendent of Jean Baptite Honore Destrehan, purchased the home in 1792.
8. Louise Odelle Destrehan married a judge, Pierre Adolphe Rost, and they owned the house until well after the Civil War.
|Slave Cabin for two families|
10. By 1866, over 700 freed slaves called Destrehan Plantation home, in former slaver quarters, in temporary housing, and even in the main house.
12. In 1969, after years of neglect, the home and about 4 acres were deeded to the River Road Historical Society who set about restoring the property.
|You can see the Amoco sign on the property here|
|All photos above are copyright of Forgetfulone.|
- Fun Facts: An episode of NCIS New Orleans was filmed on the front lawn of the plantation and in the dining room. Season 2, Episode 4
- Scenes from Interview with a Vampire were filmed in several rooms of the home.
- The plantation barn was used to film scenes in the movie Twelve Years a Slave. It was called Epp's Barn in the movie (Complete side note - 12 Years is a fantastic movie!)
Movie Photos reprinted from Destrehan Plantation.
I hope you enjoyed this little history lesson.
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