Destrahan in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Settlement Of The German Coast
Germans readily married into French families, adopted the French language and even accepted Gallicized versions of their names. Crops planted that first year were tobacco, corn, rice, beans, peas and other vegetables. By 1724 Germans located on the Coast were already diverting their surplus agricultural products to the New Orleans markets, becoming the only dependable source of fresh foodstuffs and earning the reputation of being the Colony's breadbasket. By the end of the French era, the German settlement was supplying, especially to the Capital, large amounts of meat, grain, vegetables and other products. Their kitchen gardens were
What is called here "The German Coast" is the most industrious, the most populous, the most at ease, the most upright, the most respected part of the inhabitants of this colony.
Colonial Prefect of Louisiana Laussat to the Minister of the Interior of France, 1803
Erected by German Coast Community Heritage Project.
Location. 29° 57.251′ N, 90° 23.177′ W. Marker is in Destrahan, Louisiana, in St. Charles Parish. Marker can be reached from River Road (State Highway 48) 0.3 miles south of Ormond Boulevard, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located in the parking lot for the Ormond Plantation complex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13786 River Road, Destrehan LA 70047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow "Denver" (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Charles Borromeo "Little Red Church" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Saint Charles Borromeo Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Fashion Plantation (approx. one mile away); Hale Boggs Bridge (approx. one mile away); George Prince Ferry Memorial (approx. one mile away); L'Anse Aux Outardes (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Hale Boggs Bridge (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Destrahan.
More about this marker. Location is also the location for weekly German Coast Farmers Market held every Saturday morning.
Also see . . .
1. German Coast Farmers' Market. (Submitted on July 27, 2015.)
2. Ormond Plantation. (Submitted on July 27, 2015.)
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2015. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 25, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.