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Slave Quarters of Destrehan Plantation

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Hermitage Plantation by Father Joseph Paret

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

Joaquin Crespo, having “behaved as a man of good moral character,
attached to the constitution of the United States, and well disposed to
the good order and happiness of the same…” is sworn in as a citizen
of the United States. The document was signed in 1896 by Crespo;
Judge Rost, owner of Rost Plantation; and Clerk of Court John B.
Martin. (Photo courtesy of Billy and Sidney Crespo)

Spanish Influence

Joaquin Crespo arrived in New Orleans from Spain via Ellis Island in 1872. He worked at odd jobs and saved his money. On his travels along the muddy River Road on the east bank he was taken with a parcel of land in the present day St. Rose area. Joaquin purchased the parcel... Read More

Destrehan Plantation House in the early 1900s.

Plantations to Petroleum - East Bank

As the centuries changed, so did the landscape of St. Charles Parish. In colonial times, the German Coast was the breadbasket of the colony. The breadbasket continued through the prosperous Spanish era as it did during the plantation era, when the wealthy planters and their landholdings... Read More

Jean-Noël d’Estréhan de Beaupre (1759–1823). (Source: Louisiana Portraits, courtesy of Marguerite Larue de la Houssaye)


On January 3, 1787, de Logny contracted with the free mulatto Charles to build his house on this property, now known as Destrehan Plantation. The plantation is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest documented plantation house left intact in the... Read More