Antebellum Period (1812-1860)

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Afton Villa Plantation and Gardens

Only the gardens and fragments of foundations survive from the fire that destroyed the Afton Villa plantation house in 1963. Read »

Aime, Valcour

Valcour Aime was renowned for his immense wealth, sugar refining experimentation, as well as his palatial plantation home and English garden. Read »

Alaux, Alexander

Alexander Alaux, born in France in 1851, came to Louisiana at the age of six. After studying in Europe, Alaux returned to Louisiana, where he painted with his children until his death in 1932. Read »

Alice Plantation

In 1961, the upper floor of this house was floated by barge along Bayou Teche from its original location in St. Mary Parish, which was being developed as a subdivision. Read »

All Saints Day

All Saints Day or All Hallows Day is a Catholic tradition honoring the saints and also deceased family members each November 1. Read »

Amans, Jacques

French artist Jacques Amans was the leading portraitist in New Orleans during the 1840s and 1850s. Read »

Antebellum Louisiana

The Antebellum period in Louisiana begins with statehood in 1812 and ends with Louisiana joining the Confederacy in 1860. Read »

Arquier, Joseph

Composer and cellist Joseph Arquier lived in New Orleans between 1800 and 1804. Read »

Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church Cemetery

This Catholic cemetery in Donaldsonville was laid out in a grid plan shortly after the church parish was founded in 1772. Read »

Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation

Perhaps more than any other plantation house, Ashland-Belle Helene epitomizes the popular image of the grand Greek Revival southern mansion. Read »

Audubon State Historic Site

During John James Audubon’s four month tenure at Oakley Plantation as tutor to Eliza Pirrie, he produced thirty-two of his bird paintings. Read »

Audubon, John James

Artist John James Audubon completed some of his most notable paintings for “The Birds of America” while in Louisiana. Read »

Baker, William Henry

William Henry Baker was a itinerant Grand Manner portrait painter active in the New Orleans area during the nineteenth century. Read »

Bastrop, Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de

Felipe Enrique Neri, although deceptive about his own lineage, nevertheless played an important role in the settlement of the Ouachita Valley in northeast Louisiana. Read »

Battle of New Orleans

The Battle of New Orleans, fought on January 8, 1815, was the culmination of a monthlong series of skirmishes between US and British forces in southern Louisiana; it was the final major engagement of the War of 1812. Read »

Beauregard Town

Baton Rouge's Beauregard Town, planned in 1806 by Capt. Elias Beauregard, is now a predominantly residential district. Read »

Beauregard, P.G.T.

P.G.T. Beauregard, born in St. Bernard Parish in 1818, was the first prominent general of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Read »

Bermudez, Edward

Edward Bermudez served as the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1880 to 1892. Read »

Blessing, Samuel

Of the hundreds of photographers in New Orleans during the second half of the nineteenth century, Samuel T. Blessing stands out for his longevity, production, and business acumen. Read »

Bocage Plantation

Although Bocage's early history is hazy, local tradition has maintained that the house was built in 1801 by Emanuel Marius Pons Bringier as a wedding gift for his fourteen-year-old daughter, Françoise. Read »