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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 from 1739 to 1755 is the only book that survived the fire. Churchwardens continued to collect revenues from farm acreage and to manage ..." Read More


Courtesy of the St. Charles Herald.

Bunge

"The Bunge Grain Elevator in Destrehan (Modoc) was rocked by two explosions on a quiet Sunday evening in September of 1970. The grain industry, which had been seen as a redeeming force in the parish’s economy in the early 1960s following the closing of the American Oil Company in Destrehan, suffered a setback as a result of this accident. The families of the six employees who were hospitalized as well as the whole community ..." Read More


On June 1, 1977, a fire destroyed the old high school which was being used for other school and government offices. Arson was suspected in the destruction of the grand old building, which had graced the River Road in Destrehan since 1924. A mural by Louisiana muralist Rodney Lewis depicting the school has been painted on the exterior wall of the old cafeteria. Funds were provided by a grant from the River Region Arts and Humanities Council in association with United Way of St. Charles.

DHS Fire

"In June 1, 1977, a fire destroyed the old high school which was being used for other school and government offices. Arson was suspected in the destruction of the grand old building, which had graced the River Road in Destrehan since 1924. A mural by Louisiana muralist Rodney Lewis depicting the school has been painted on the exterior wall of the old cafeteria. Funds were provided by a grant from the River Region Arts and Humanities Council in association with United Way ..." Read More


Hurricane Katrina had a devastating impact on the Zion Baptist Church.

Hurricane Katrina, 2005

"Hurricane Katrina had a profound effect on St. Charles Parish and the entire region. Life changed dramatically after the storm and did not return to “normal” for quite some time. Many citizens evacuated and did not return for weeks or in some cases months. The event was front page news locally and across the nation. Local author Patrick Yoes published his personal Hurricane Katrina experiences in a book entitled..." Read More