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"Little Red Church, built in 1806, has been standing now on the 1770 Spanish land grant for 112 years as a landmark for travelers on the Mississippi River. The church was without a pastor for forty-two years due to the 1877 fire, which destroyed the rectory, and the 1890 interdiction brought about by charter and warden conflicts with the archdiocese. But all ..." Read More


An indigo processor. (Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Acc. No. 1979.128)

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"Indigo, the main crop of German Coast settlers for many years, had been brought to the colony from the West Indies in the 1700s. This tropical plant produced a lasting blue dye important to the European textile industry and the blue color remains very popular even today in cotton denim fabric of blue jeans. However, today almost..." Read More


Painting of the Red Church by Fr.Paret

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"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 Louisiana. Nothing is comparable to them. Yet, these paintings have never been displayed in Louisiana. His paintings were subsequently published by LSU Press. His journal..." Read More


Grave marker of Thomas Loughan, located in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery. In Memory of THOMAS LOUGHAN; a native of Co. Galway, Parish of Kilbegnett, IRELAND; Died Oct. 20, 1853, aged 27 years. (Photo courtesy of Marilyn Mayhall Richoux)

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. German Coast residents later learned that screening and oiling of cisterns deterred the breeding of mosquitoes and helped to prevent the dreaded disease. The last yellow fever epidemic was in 1909...." Read More