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The 1723 chapel found in the second old village, Le deuxieme ancient village, about one-half mile from the Mississippi River, which neighbored the first village. (Sketch by Janis Blair)

The Catholic Church

"In 1723, La Paroisse de St. Jean des Allemands Catholic Church was established at Karlstein. The earlier German Coast settlers worshiped in New Orleans in an old abandoned warehouse that served as the predecessor to St. Louis Cathedral (Church Records of 1720–30).
The 1724 census reveals that a chapel had been constructed in a village on the German Coast, which, it appears, could have been there for several years prior to the census. This chapel has been described as 'a miserable shed standing in a hole.'..." 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