Desire Plantation House - Vacherie, LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member scrambler390
N 29° 56.633 W 090° 41.833
15R E 722252 N 3314796
Quick Description: Fine small Creole Cottage located in Lower Vacherie, on Hwy. 644. Privately owned, it was hard to photograph, due to tree cover. Well off the beaten path, this one was hard to find.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 10/29/2008 7:25:22 PM
Waymark Code: WM528V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 11

Long Description:
Private home. Nice quiet area in Lower Vacherie, LA. Home looked to be in fine condition. The yard was well groomed and cleanly landscaped, from my view. Small cottage type home. A real treat I was surprised and glad I found it.
Here is alittle history I found from the register application located here
Desire Plantation House is locally significant in the area of agriculture as the only remaining resource associated with the historically important perique tobacco industry of St. James Parish. There were attempts to cultivate tobacco in much of Louisiana during the eighteenth century, chiefly for the purpose of making the European market independent of British tobacco grown in the eastern colonies. By the 1780's the Louisiana area produced about a half million pounds annually. But in the nineteenth century tobacco was largely displaced by sugar and cotton. By the mid-nineteenth century the only remaining tobacco growing area was St. James Parish, where perique tobacco was produced on a small commercial scale by family farmers. Perique is a pungent flavorful black tobacco cured by fermentation in its own juice under pressure. Regarded as a rare and exotic product, it is used to "flavor" other tobaccos in pipe and cigar blends. Much prized, its consumption traditionally has been the province of connoisseurs, and most of it has been produced for the European market.
Street address:
Hwy. 644
Vacherie, LA USA
70090


County / Borough / Parish: St. James

Year listed: 1986

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924

Historic function: Domestic. Sub - Single Dwelling

Current function: Domestic. Sub - Single Dwelling

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2008 To: 12/31/2008

Hours of operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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