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Coleen Perilloux Landry | all galleries >> Bonnet Carre' Spillway Gallery > Kugler's Hermitage Plantation - Destroyed to Build the Spillway
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Kuglers Hermitage Plantation -  Destroyed to Build the Spillway
26 April 2008 Coleen Perilloux Landry

Kugler's Hermitage Plantation - Destroyed to Build the Spillway

Photographed from family book

Hermitage Plantation was destroyed when the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers expropriated the land to build the Spillway. George Kugler, was born in Kirchhain, Germany and came to America, married Sophia Marie Arthemise Madere and bought the Hermitage.
He and his wife raised a large family and they all worked hard on their sugarcane plantation. Some of the young men attended Holy Cross School in New Orleans, one of the few private Catholic schools at the time. According to stories told to me by my father, who went to school at Holy Cross with them and socialized with them, they loved music and baseball. And, true to their German heritage they were all handsome, strapping young men.
The Kuglers had a commissary which opened certain hours every day to serve the people on the plantation. Ralph Block ran the store at the Diamond Plantation a short piece downriver.
Dr. Bonmaire, a Frenchman, was the doctor for the area and at one time was also the postmaster. He boarded at Perilloux Plantation. His theory was that almost anything could be cured with soap and water and encouraged people to wash often. He treated everyone for almost nothing.
St. Isidore Chapel was built by Fr. John Basty in Montz in 1924. It was part of the St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Destrehan. The Kugler family and other plantation families attended St. Isidore's mass on Sunday.


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MARY LAICHE BICKFORD 05-May-2011 17:10
MY MOTHER, IMELDA KUGLER LAICHE WAS BORN IN THE BONNET CARRE' SPILLWAY. HAD SOME WONDERUL STORIES OF THAT TIME THAT SHE PAINTED. MY BROTHER WARREN AND I EACH HAVE A SET. I HAVE GIVEN A FEW TO MY DOUBLE FIRST COUSINS SO THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL THEIR GRANDCHILDREN. I HAVE PICTURES OF THE SPILLWAY BEING BUILT. A WAY OF LIFE WAS LOST WHEN THE GOVERNMENT TOOK THE LAND. IMAGINE IF THE HOUSES AND OTHER BUILDINGS WERE STILL THERE. WHAT A HISTORAL PLACE THAT WOULD BE.
George F. Kugler Jr. 08-Sep-2009 23:18
My Great grandfathers was a beautiful house before the Corps distroued i t to build the spillway
J. Scott Coile26-Apr-2008 19:57
What a loss :-( For the greater good I guess.