13034 River Road
Destrehan, LA 70047
To boast over the moniker of being the oldest plantation in Louisiana, you better be able have some great history and haunted tales to go along with the bragging. Fortunately, Destrehan Plantation can back up their claims!
This West Indies Creole-style home was built in 1790 by Robert Antoine Robin de Logny and Charles Pacquet. In the days of grand construction contracts worth millions of dollars, the contract to build Destrehan is almost comical. According to records, Pacquet was given the use of six slaves to build the house. He was paid the grand sum of "one brute negro," a cow and a calf, 100 bushels of both corn and rice, and $100 in cash upon completion. Talk about a deal!
After passing through the hands of several owners, the plantation became a major producer of indigo initially, and then quickly grew into sugar production, soon becoming the major sugar
|Photograph of an Antique Destrehan|
In 1839, the home went under a massive remodeling, as it was bought by Pierre Adolphe Rost, a justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court. Pierre Rost died in 1868 and his wife and son, Emile Rost, continued to live at Destrehan Plantation. Emile Rost sold the plantation in 1910, to the Destrehan Planting and Manufacturing Company. In 1914, the home was sold to the Mexican Petroleum company where a refinery was built. From that point on, the grounds and buildings on it
|One of the Home's Bedrooms|
Finally in 1971, American Oil donated the home and land to the River Road Historical Society where the home was finally restored to its former beautiful self and opened to the general public for tours.
Multiple spirits are claimed to reside in the near-ancient Destrehan Plantation. Guests have reported seeing a strange glow coming from various windows of the home as well as seeing the apparition of several young girls playing through the house. Several staff has seen the apparition of a
|One of Several Adjacent Slave Cabins|
The true source(s) for the hauntings at Destrehan are literally endless. Could they be due to Lucy, deceased slaves, or even former pirates who attempted to hide their treasure on the property? Possibly no one will ever know! In the case of Destrehan, simply pulling a random name from a hat may be the best place to start.