Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sights to See: Destrehan Plantation, Destrehan, Louisiana



Destrehan Plantation  13034 River Road, in DESTREHAN, (877) 453-2095, (985) 764-9315.  The oldest documented plantation in lower Mississippi, this fully restored property dates to 1787.  It started as an indigo plantation, and then in 1804 became the largest sugar plantation in the area.  A 10-minute video viewed in the brick-wall and brick–floor Cooling Room orients visitors for the 1-hour guided tour of the Big House—which began as a French Colonial in the 1790s, but was later remodeled into a Greek Revival--after which visitors can explore on their own.  Costumed guides, who refer to themselves as “interpreters of history,” interpret the legacy of the Destrehan family and point out the unique architectural features of their home, which being a country house was not so grand.  But though it had sparse furnishings, it was clean and well maintained.  The focus here is on stories, so you’ll learn about the French family whole lived here, as well as about Marguerite--the cook and laundress slave born in 1740.  You’ll also see an original document signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.  Period craft demonstrations occur daily and include open-hearth cooking, indigo dyeing, sugar-cane processing, weaving, 1780s carpentry, and African-American herbal remedies.  

Big House at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana
Big House at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana

240-year-old live oak tree at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana
240-year-old live oak tree at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana


costumed guide at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana
costumed guide at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana

bedroom at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana
bedroom at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana

bathroom at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana
bathroom at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana

detail from painting at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana
detail from painting at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana

demo of 1780s carpentry at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana
demo of 1780s carpentry at Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana


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images ©2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 


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