• Courtesy of Charles Ward

    Cane River Creole

    National Historical Park Louisiana

Places

Outbuildings at Oakland
Out buildings at Oakland
NPS photo/ Peggy Scherbaum
 
Mike Yoist
Artist Mike Yoist captures the hand-hewn feeling of the square corn crib in oil.
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Oakland Plantation and Magnolia Plantation Complex

Oakland and Magnolia owe their physical integrity to the families that kept them intact for seven and eight generations. The Prud'homme family began what would become Oakland in 1780's. Magnolia traces its mid-18th century origin to the LeComte and later on the Hertzog family.

The cultural landscapes at Oakland and Magnolia represent a microcosm of a broader American experience. Like the country as a whole, Oakland and Magnolia survived periods of prosperity, poverty, and war. Their endurance is a testament to Prud'hommes, LeComtes, and Hertzog's families, but those could not have succeeded without the contributions of all the people who lived and worked on each plantation.

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Badin-Roque House
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The Badin-Roque House is representative of early French colonial arhitecture in the parish. This style , know as poteaux-en-terre (post in ground), is one of the few remaining examples left in the United States.

 
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St. Agustine Catholic Church

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Saint Augustine is the oldest Catholic church in America established by free people of color. Today, several generations of Creoels worship and enjoy communtiy festivals at the church.

Did You Know?

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Like other landowners in the French colony of Louisiana, the Prud’hommes and Hertzogs harvested young pigeons for a delicacy called “squab.” Pigeonniers on the plantations reflected the owners' wealth and status.