Thursday, July 28, 2016

Destrehan Plantation

Last weekend, my husband and I took a short trip to Louisiana.  On the way home, I asked him to stop at a plantation.  I have always wanted to visit one.  I love history, and I love taking photos, and there was one on the way home.  I found it to be quite interesting and the landscape was beautiful.

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
3.  Robert DeLogny was the original owner of the home, but he only lived two years after it was completed.

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.
Dining Table
5.  When DeLogny purchased the land for the home, he also received ten enslaved men and women and two children.

6.  His daughter Celeste and her husband, Jean Noel Destrehan, a direct descendent of Jean Baptite Honore Destrehan, purchased the home in 1792.
Mother's bedroom
7.  At this time it was a successful indigo plantation. By 1806, the plantation was producing sugar cane instead of indigo.

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
9.  Judge Rost was determine to have the largest, most modern sugar can plantation.

10.  By 1866, over 700 freed slaves called Destrehan Plantation home, in former slaver quarters, in temporary housing, and even in the main house.
Bell "tower"
11. In 1910, the Mexican Oil Company, now known as Amoco, built a refinery on the property. In 1958, the defunct refinery was torn down, and the plantation was frequently vandalized due to rumors of treasure left there by Jean LaFitte.

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
13.  Destrehan Plantation is open for tours and also serves as an event venue.
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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  1. Very cool. I especially liked hearing about the movie connections.

  2. so interesting, now I want to see one myself

  3. I always enjoy visiting "living" museums like that. You can learn a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I hope you enjoyed your stop as much as we did. Mine


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