destrehan plantation


Destrehan Plantation

Location: Destrehan vicinity, St. Charles Parish, LA
Constructed: 1787

History: In 1787, Robin deLogny entered into a contract with Charles, a free mulatto, to build a French Colonial style plantation house. It took three years to build the house, everything being hewn and sanded by hand. deLogny only lived in the house for 2 years before his death in 1792. In 1810, Robin's daughter Celeste and husband Jean Noel d'Estrehan purchased the plantation, adding twin wings to accommodate 14 children. Jean Noel died in 1823, his wife died a year later. Daughters of the d'Estrehan family lived in the house through the following years. In 1840, owner Louise and husband Judge Pierre Rost remodeled the house to Greek Revival.

In 1861, while the Rost family was in Europe, the Union Army seized the house and established the Rost Home Colony. Operating under control of the Freedman's Bureau, newly freed slaves learned trades.

After the Civil War ended, the house was returned to Rost, who lived there until his death in 1868. His widow Louise died in 1877, son Emile purchased the property. In 1910, family ownership ended when it was sold to the Destrehan Planting and Manufacturing Company. Through the years, ownership changed many times.

For over 12 years the house sat abandoned. Vandals broke in and stole everything of value. Because of legends of hidden treasurer, interior walls were ripped out. The house was in jeopardy of being totally destroyed. Local citizens formed the River Road Historical Society to save the house. In 1971, the house and 4 acres of ground were deeded to the Society. Since that time the house has been completely restored and filled with a fine collection of early to mid-19th century furnishings and decorative arts, including Louisiana armoires, tables, desks, and items once belonging to Destrehan family members.

Associated Surnames: deLogny, d'Estrehan, Rost

Associated Plantations: Ormond Plantation (St. Charles Pa., LA)

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