Destrehan Plantation is a former Louisiana plantation notable for its antebellum mansion. It is located in southeast Louisiana near the town of Destrehan. During the 19th century, the plantation was a major producer of indigo and then sugar cane. Jean-Noël Destréhan (1754-1823), the first United States Senator from Louisiana in 1812, is the owner most commonly associated with the home. Destréhan was influential in transitioning the Orleans Territory into statehood. Construction of the home, built in the French Colonial style, began in 1787 under Charles Pacquet, a mulatto carpenter, and was completed for Robert Antoine Robin de Logny in 1790. For his efforts, Pacquet received one brute negro, a cow and calf, 100 bushels each of corn and rice, and $100 in cash. Destréhan and his wife, Marie-Claude Céleste Eléonore Robin de Logny (daughter of Robert Antoine Robin de Logny) purchased the plantation upon Robin de Logny's death in 1792 and raised 14 children in the home. Areas of the plantation on display include slave cabins, the plantation home, the outdoor kitchen, the field bell, the wash room, the school house, and a trapper’s cabin. Destrehan Plantation was involved in a major slave revolt in 1811. Eighteen rebels, including three of Jean-Noël Destréhan’s former slaves, were trialed and executed at the plantation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation is currently under the care of the River Road Historical Society. The site is open to visitors daily from 9:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $7 for children (7-17). Admission includes a guided tour, demonstrations, and access to the dependency buildings. Parking is free. Destrehan Plantation was used as a location in the 1994 film “Interview with a Vampire” starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as well as the 2013 film “12 Years a Slave” staring Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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