December 2, 2008
The main house on the Laura Plantation. This Creole habitation began as a Colapissa Indian Village. In 1804, Guillaume DuParc, a French veteran of the American Revolution, set up his plantation in sugarcane and it remained in his family until 1891 when his great-granddaughter, Laura Locoul, sold it to the Florian Waguespack family. Today, 12 original buildings, including slave cabins, still stand on this National Register site. In the slave quarters at Laura & neighbouring plantations were recorded for the first time in the US the west-African folk stories of "Compair Lapin," better known today as the tales of "Br'er Rabbit." (from the back). Thank you Meaghan!