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Destrehan Plantation   (circa 1787)
13034 River Road
Destrehan, LA 70047

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation is the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. It was home to Marie Celeste Robin de Logny and her husband, Jean Noel Destrehan, the most successful sugar producer in St. Charles Parish and one of the driving forces in Louisiana Statehood. An original document signed by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison appointing Jean Noel Destrehan to the Orleans Territorial Council, responsible for creating Louisiana's civil law of government; is on exhibit. Destrehan Plantation was the site of one of the three trials that took place following the 1811 Slave Revolt, one of the largest slave revolts in U.S. history led by Charles Deslondes. During the Civil War, the Union Army seized the plantation and established the Rost Home Colony, "where newly freed slaves learned trades enabling them to transition into a life of freedom."

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