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An election handout shows Vial, Sr.,
running for sheriff. (Courtesy of the
Suzanne Friloux collection)

Vial Era

Early in the century, a young man would emerge on the political scene as a member of the House of Representatives and then parish assessor. Finally in 1916, at the age of thirty-eight, he would become sheriff for twenty-two years until his death in 1939. He was... Read More


Fashion Plantation was located in Hahnville
and was owned by former U.S. President
Zachary Taylor, although he never resided
there. It was inherited by his son Lieutenant
General Richard Taylor in 1851. General Taylor
served with distinction in St. Charles Parish
and throughout the south in the Confederate
Army. Fashion Plantation was plundered and
destroyed by Union troops. Personal accounts
attest that it had been one of the most splendid
in the area. The Mississippi River claimed the
original site. Fashion Plantation residential
developments are now located on the remaining
portions of the plantation.

Fr. Paret’s Watercolors & Journal – 1859

At the time of discovery of the Paret watercolors, in a proposal to publish the 1859 paintings, Louisiana State University (LSU) Art Museum Director Pat Bacot said the Paret paintings were “the most important single group of landscape paintings done before the Civil War in... Read More


Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon serves on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana since her appointment to that position by the president of the United States in 1996. Prior to that appointment, she served as a district judge in the Twenty-ninth Judicial District Court in St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes, the first woman to be elected judge in either of those parishes. Previously, she practiced law in Hahnville with her husband, Harry Lemmon and her father, James P. Vial. In 2005, she was chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges and in 2007 was elected to the Hall of Fame of Women in Government. Judge Lemmon worked with school officials to establish a court school for behavior-disordered children on probation. She also spearheaded a Zero Tolerance Program to handle violent behaviors on school campuses. In an effort to comfort and advise domestic violence victims, she hired and trained
a special court officer to work with these individuals. Judge Lemmon is the granddaughter of former Sheriff Leon C. Vial, Sr. (Photo by Timeless Images)

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Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon serves on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana since her appointment to that position by the president of the United States in 1996. Prior to that appointment, she served as a district judge in the Twenty-ninth... Read More