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 St. Charles Borromeo
Little Red Church Painting
State Constitution Delegates Gravesite
Paret's Birds Eyeview
Nicholas Noel Theodule Destrehan
Grave of Francois Trepagnier
Grave marker of Thomas Loughan

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In 1887, forty arpents were added to the 1770 land grant donated to St. Charles Borromeo Church for religious purposes. The Church now held 617.68 acres. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1821, these lands were registered with the United States government. In 1890, the “Little Red Church,” built in 1806 on this land grant, entered a period of interdiction, losing pastoral support of the archbishop due to conflicts with the church charter and wardens. During this period, the parishioners worshipped at St. Charles Parish west bank and Kenner churches.

Emergence of Protestant Churches (1859)

After almost 150 years of Catholic dominance, the emergence of Protestant churches on the German Coast began. New Catholic and Protestant churches continued to be established in the twentieth century.
1806—Original St. Charles Log Church in Destrehan burns and... Read More

State Constitution Delegates Gravesite. Gravesite of Jean-Nöel Destrehan deBeaupre and Stephen and Zelia Henderson. Stephen was Jean-Nöel’s son-in-law. Jean-Nöel Destrehan deBeaupre, b. 1759, d. 1823; son of Jean Baptist Honore Destrehan deBeaupre, royal treasurer of the French Colony, and Jeanne Catherine Gauvry; married Marie Celeste Robin deLongy in 1786; in 1802 purchased the deLongy family plantation; devoted husband and father of fourteen children; sugar planter and statesman. In 1803 was appointed first deputy mayor of the city of New Orleans; 1806 was named president of the legislative council, Territory of Orleans, and served as a state convention delegate; 1810 became president of the board of trustees of the Red Church; served as a delegate in the 1812 Constitutional Convention, chosen to accept statehood papers from President James Madison, and was elected to the U.S. Senate but failed to qualify; became a Louisiana State Senator from 1812 to 1817. Retired captain in the Spanish Army and in 1814 helped to direct defense of the city in Battle of New Orleans. Interred in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery.

Statehood – 1812

In January 1811, Julian Poydras, delegate to Congress representing the Territory of Orleans, petitioned Congress for Louisiana’s statehood. On February 18, 1811, President James Madison signed the “Enabling Act and Admission to Union” to form a constitution and state government... Read More

Bird's eyeview. 1859—Father Paret’s beautiful watercolor painting depicts the Little Red Church and its surroundings in the heart of St. Charles Parish. The area displays present-day locations of Dufresne (Esperanza) and Hahnville on the west bank, across the river from Destrehan and New Sarpy on the east bank. The east bank Little Red Church, its old cemetery, and the presbytery are surrounded by several dependency buildings. The birds-eye view provides a fascinating visual of pre-Civil War St. Charles Parish.

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... Read More

Portrait of Nicholas Noel Theodule Destrehan, b. 1793, d. 1848

German Coast Influence Spreads – 1843

The Destrehan family provides the unique connection between the German Coast and the west bank of Jefferson Parish. The descendants of Jean Baptist Destrehan were instrumental in spreading the German influence to Gretna, Harvey, and other Jefferson Parish towns... Read More

This grave marker of Francois Trépagnier, killed in the 1811 slave rebellion, is located in the St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery.

1811 Slave Revolt

The slave Charles Deslondes is thought to have been brought from St. Domingue (present-day Haiti) to the Deslondes Plantation in present-day LaPlace. Some slaves assumed their owners surnames. It is noteworthy that the 1811 uprising in Orleans Territory was in a sense a direct continuation... Read More

Grave marker of Thomas Loughan, located in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery.

1853 Yellow Fever Epidemic

The 1853 Yellow Fever Epidemic — Over one hundred burials took place at St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery alone in 1853. It is assumed that most of these deaths were caused by the yellow fever epidemic. General Richard Taylor of Fashion Plantation lost two sons during the epidemic... Read More