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Coleen Perilloux Landry | all galleries >> Bonnet Carre' Spillway Gallery > Trepagnier Plantation Taken to Build Spillway
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Trepagnier Plantation Taken to Build Spillway

Trepagnier Plantation Taken to Build Spillway

St. Charles Parish, Louisiana

This is a drawing done by a French priest who was pastor at Little Red Church in Destrehan of the Trepagnier Plantation House. There were sugar cane fields for miles surrounding this house.
The Trepagnier Plantation was expropriated, along with several others, by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to build the Bonnet Carre' Spillway.
Fr. Paret sketched almost all the plantations on the east bank of the River in St. Charles Parish from Montz to St. Rose. Montz, at the time, was the largest community on the east bank of St. Charles Parish until the Corps expropriated all the plantations to build the Spillway.
Fr. Paret did his drawings shortly before the Civil War, in 1863, and left for France a few years later. His art work was found in the family home in France after his death, well preserved and is now valuable history for Louisiana.
Long before the popularity and availability of cameras, Fr. Paret did his drawings as a bird's eye view, perhaps from atop the small levees built along the Mississippi River at the time.
His drawings of Little Red Church, interior and exterior, show the conditions under which he performed his religious duties.


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LynnH07-Aug-2008 16:10
I really enjoyed the history lesson. Love your gallery, I can tell you have so much passion for this area of Louisiana.
Guest 09-Jul-2008 02:03
And we lost so much history for the spillway.
J. Scott Coile08-Jul-2008 22:15
I love these old sketches. So much character.
JW08-Jul-2008 18:54
As you say the most remarkable thing is the perspective - a work of art and great beauty especially given the poignant story behind it.
laine8208-Jul-2008 14:55
Agree entirely with Cindi & Jim. We see it here so often too & I hate it.
Cindi Smith08-Jul-2008 14:14
I understand progress but taking over history makes me sad. I'm betting it was a beautiful place before torn down for the spillway!
papajim08-Jul-2008 12:46
"Expropriated" is probably a very polite description of a very nasty process. History lost for the greater good is a bitter pill, most times.