Destrehan Plantation Tour Detail

Established in 1787 and listed on the national registry of historic places Destrehan plantation remains the oldest documented Plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. We invite you to travel from the French and Spanish colonial periods through the antebellum grandeur of the sugar barons, to the ravages of the Civil War and the rebirth of reconstruction. You will find yourself immersed in the rich history of Louisiana when French was the language and the white goal of sugar drove the economy. Family stories of those free and enslaved set against the fabric of history will intrigue every visitor to this site.

The Plantation’s history consist of many notable people and events. The Plantation serve as a home to Marie Celeste Robin de logny and her husband Jean Noel Destrehan. The most successful sugar producer in Saint Charles Parish And one of the driving forces in Louisiana statehood. The Plantation exhibits and original documents signed by President Thomas Jefferson and secretary of state James Madison appointing Jean Noel to the New Orleans territorial Council responsible for creating Louisiana’s civil law of government. Destrehan plantation was the site where one of the three trials took please following the 1811 slave revolt, One of the largest slave revolts in US history led by Charles Deslondes. During the Civil War the union army seized the plantation and established the Rost home colonies were newly freed slaves learned trades enabling them to transition into a life of freedom.

Located on the historic River Road this antebellum home with its lush green grounds and moss draped Live Oak’s watches over the banks of the Mississippi river just minutes away from New Orleans. In 2010 this site received a travel and tourism Louey award Naming it the 2010 Louisiana attraction of the year.


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