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Destrehan Plantation, Destrehan

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Destrehan Plantation (French: Plantation Destrehan) is an antebellum mansion, in the French Colonial style, modified with Greek Revival architectural elements. It is located in southeast Louisiana, near the town of the same name, Destrehan.

During the 19th century, the plantation was a major producer of indigo and then sugarcane. The home is most commonly associated with its second owner, Jean-Noël Destréhan, who served briefly as the first United States Senator from Louisiana in 1812. He was influential in the transition of the Orleans Territory to statehood.

The house is a unique example of a plantation home outliving the oil refinery that had been built around it. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural quality and association with important people and events in Louisiana history.
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  • When you see the original 1805 document of the appointment of Jean Noel Destrehan to a Legislative Council signed by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison on display in the.....  more
    When you see the original 1805 document of the appointment of Jean Noel Destrehan to a Legislative Council signed by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison on display in the.....  more »
  • Dianne Honore gives a balanced account of the real history of the plantation that includes the enslaved people. The plantation luxuries--nor the mansions themselves-- would not have existed without.....  more
    Dianne Honore gives a balanced account of the real history of the plantation that includes the enslaved people. The plantation luxuries--nor the mansions themselves-- would not have existed without.....  more »
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  • Excellent tour! Very informative! The tour guide was pleasant and she was knowledgeable about the house and grounds. You can come early and walk around the grounds on a self-guided tour of the slave quarters and the school. There's also a gift shop and public restrooms which were clean. Would definitely do the tour again!
  • Out of the many plantations I've visited, Destrehan is my favorite. The guides really go in depth into the people and their lives. They also have an elevator which was wonderful for my husband who was using a knee scooter. It's a beautiful place with a rich history. A must visit for those who want a true picture of how the plantations were run, and who the true artisans really were. Just incredible.

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