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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... Read More

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The Little Red Church – 1806

Tradition holds that the 1740 St. Charles log chapel was destroyed by fire in 1806 and rebuilt the same year. It was replaced by a wood-framed structure and painted red. The “Little Red Church” became a famous landmark for river travelers. Passengers going downriver were relieved to see... Read More

Front Elevation. Father Paret enjoyed gardening and breeding of animals. He
wrote to his brother, “I would like for you to see this big garden and how pleasant and inviting it is. Without false modesty, I think the inhabitants of St. Charles will be jealous of it.” At that time Fr. Paret had planted 488 trees consisting of orange, pomegranate, persimmon, peach, plum, mulberry, crepe myrtle, and magnolia along with althea and rose bushes. (Photo courtesy of LSU Press)

Red Church Rectory Fire - 1877

Press release of the Morning Star and Catholic Messenger, June 1877 regarding the Little Red Church Rectory Fire: “In 1877, an arsonist set fire to the Presbytery (rectory) of the Little Red Church. It burned to the ground and 150 years of church records were destroyed. The original register... Read More