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For well over two centuries, the name Destrehan has been intricately linked with the history of Louisiana. Destrehan: The Man,
the House, the Legacy relates a story that is also Louisiana’s, from
French colony to modern American state.
Jean Baptiste Destrehan arrived from France in the early 1700s
and achieved prominence as treasurer of the Louisiana colony. In
the next generation, Destrehan's youngest son, Jean Noël, took up
residence in the beautiful house that we know today as Destrehan
Plantation. The house was built by Charles, a free man of color, for
Jean Noël's father-in-law, Robert Antoine Robin de Logny according to a building contract signed by Charles and Robin de Logny
in 1787. In 1793, Jean Noël Destrehan and his wife, Marie Céleste
Robin de Logny, moved to the house after the death of Marie
Céleste's father. Thus began the family's long association with
Destrehan Plantation, one of the finest of the old manor houses on
the great Mississippi River Road. By the time of the Louisiana
Purchase, Destrehan was one of the largest sugar-producing plantations on the German Coast, as the area was known, and Jean Noël
had become a leading citizen of the region.
The plantation house that Charles built, distinguished by a double-pitched, hipped roof and French Creole details, was remodeled
in the 1840s in the popular Greek Revival style. Destrehan is one
of the few examples of a colonial Louisiana house that has changed
substantially and yet remained a functioning house for the past
empires of indigo and sugar--and, eventually, oil and petrochemical
production after the property was sold in the early years of the
twentieth century. And finally, after neglect and vandalism, the
historic property, now restored, is in the capable hands of the River
Road Historical Society.
Illustrated with stunning photographs, Destrehan: The Man, the
House, the Legacy is the portrait of a place of unusual beauty that is
forever woven into the fabric of Louisiana’s history. The incomparable setting emerges page by page, together with the chronicle of
the family that brought prominence to Destrehan Plantation. (booksense)