Mandeville in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Fontainebleau Plantation Sugar Mill
These ruins are all that remain of Fountainebleau Plantation, once the summer home and plantation of Bernard de Marigny. Born in 1785 to a family closely tied to the earliest colonial efforts in Louisiana, Marigny accumulated and lost a fortune in his lifetime. The grounds that make up Fountainebleau State Park are just a part of the vast land holdings he acquired on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. He operated Fountainebleau Plantation, brick kilns and a sugar mill between 1828 and 1852. Although his major residence was in New Orleans, he chose to spend much of his time at his summer residence, cooled by the breezes of the lake and free to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. During his ownership of the plantation he participated in the early development of sugar cane and the refinement of sugar. The nearby town of Mandeville was owned and developed by Marigny as part of his extensive real estate interests. An unsuccessful candidate for governor three times, he remained active in politics until his death in 1868.
May 6, 2017
1. Fontainebleau Plantation Sugar Mill Marker
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture •
Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
May 6, 2017
2. Fontainebleau Plantation Sugar Mill Marker
Location. 30° 20.226′ N, 90° 2.267′ W. Marker is in Mandeville, Louisiana, in St. Tammany Parish. Marker is on Group Camp Road (State Road 1089) one mile south of U.S. 190, on the right when traveling south. Located in the Fountainebleau State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mandeville LA 70448, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sugar Mill Operation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Enslaved (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Native Peoples (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Lake Pontchartrain (approx. 1.6 miles away); Our Lady Of The Lake Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Greater Mandeville Veterans Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mandeville.
More about this marker. Located in the Fountainebleau State Park. $3.00 per person admission fee to park in 2017. Plantation ruins are next to the parks museum.
May 6, 2017
3. Fontainebleau Plantation Sugar Mill ruins
May 6, 2017
4. Fontainebleau Plantation Sugar Mill ruins #2
By Cajun Scrambler, May 6, 2017
5. Fontainebleau State Marker Located in park museum
Marker was found in a barn that was demolished, cleaned and installed on wall inside park museum.
"Parc d'état. 24 milles à l'ouest se trouve l'emplacement de la maison estivale de Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, brillant personnage de la vieille Louisiane. Il reste les ruines de la plantation et de la raffinerie de sucre."
English Translation - "State Park, 24 miles west, is the site of the summer plantation home of Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, colorful and flamboyant figure in early Louisiana history. Sugar mill and plantation ruins remain."
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 535 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 6, 2017. 5. submitted on May 7, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.