“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Natchez in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Old Plauche Place / Ducournau Plantation

Old Plauche Place / Ducournau Plantation Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Lynn Waldon
1. Old Plauche Place / Ducournau Plantation Marker (side 1)
Inscription. (side 1)
This c. 1836 center hill Creole cottage is of poteaux sur sole, (hand-hewn pegged cypress sills on brick piers)and bousillage construction on the 1780s land grand to Claude Pierre Thomas Metoyer. The lower 68 acres given to a free woman of color, Coincoin, mother to his 10 Franco-African children, genesis to Isle Brevelle and builders of Melrose Plantation and St. Augustine Church. Pierre and his French wife, Marie Therese Buard, had three children who intermarried with the Prudhomme & Lambre families, genesis to the Cote Joyeuse. Pierre had 103 enslaved workers on this plantation in 1810. Pierre's granddaughter, Ophelia Prudhomme, acquired the land from her parents and married (twice widowed) the two sons of Gen. Jean Baptiste Plauche of the Battle of New Orleans. New Orleans cotton broker JB Plauche & Co. doing business with the
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Prudhomme families and Magnolia Plantation. Her siblings owned Beau Fort, Cedar Bend, Cherokee and Oaklawn Plantations. Her grandfather Emmanuel Prudhomme built Oakland. Union and Confederate troops passed through the Old Plauche Place during the 1864 Red River Campaign, ascending March 30 and descending April 21 burning her baled cotton and gins, and removing her property.
Old Plauche Place / Ducournau Plantation Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Lynn Waldon
2. Old Plauche Place / Ducournau Plantation Marker (side 2)
78 of the 81 enslaved residents left with the advancing, and later retreating, Union troops. Her son Andrew Jackson Plauche and wife Estelle Ducournau left the place to the Ducournau family. As directed in the will of Andrew Jackson Plauche, Joe Plauche, a southern planter of color was a resident of the famed plantation from 1900 to 1946 employing returning veterans of World War I. In 1963 owner Jo Bryan Ducournau, whose father commissioned the “Good Darky” statue, renamed the place “Hope”.
Erected by The Albert Family.
Location. 31° 40.455′ N, 93° 1.32′ W. Marker is near Natchez, Louisiana, in Natchitoches Parish. Marker is on State Highway 494 0.3 miles north of Cedar Bend Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez LA 71456, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Badin-Roque House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Yucca Plantation (approx. 6.1 miles away); Colonial Gateway Corral (approx. 6.7 miles away); Ft. St. Jean Baptiste (approx. 7 miles away); Roque House (approx. 7.2 miles away); El Camino Real (approx. 7.2 miles away); Louis Juchereau De St. Denis (approx. 7.2 miles away); Natchitoches Indians (approx. 7.2 miles away).
Also see . . .  Facebook: Old Plauche Place Plantation (aka Hope (Ducournau) Plantation). (Submitted on December 7, 2013, by Mike Waldon of Lafayette, Louisiana.)
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Waldon of Lafayette, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Waldon of Lafayette, Louisiana. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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