Destrehan Plantation, located just off the Hale Boggs Bridge on Interstate 310, was built in 1787 and Ronnie, our tour guide, didn't miss a beat as he recounted one historical moment after another. It is one of the few remaining examples of a colonial Louisiana house that has changed substantially and yet remained a functioning house for the past empires of indigo, sugar and petrochemical production after the property was sold in the early years of the 20th century. After vandalism and neglect, Destrehan has been beautifully restored to its former splendor. The mansion bleeds with history. There is an exhibit to detail the 1811 Slave Revolt. There is a copy of a document signed by then President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison that appointed plantation owner Jean Noel Destrehan and others to the Orleans Territorial Council. There also are demonstrations conducted daily on such trades as blacksmith, candle-making, weaving and open hearth cooking. It is a stroll back into the history of our country that can't be found at most other plantations.
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