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Destrehan Plantation est.1780–1790
Destrehan Plantation est.1780–1790
Destrehan is located in Louisiana
Location in Louisiana
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish St. Charles
 • Total 6.98 sq mi (18.07 km2)
 • Land 5.97 sq mi (15.46 km2)
 • Water 1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total 11,340
 • Density 1,900.45/sq mi (733.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 985
FIPS code 22-20820

Destrehan is a census-designated place (CDP) in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, United States. At the 2020 census, its population was 11,340.

Destrehan Plantation, his former home, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main house has been restored and is one of the attractions on the Great River Road along the Mississippi River.


Destrehan is located at 29°57′44″N 90°22′9″W / 29.96222°N 90.36917°W / 29.96222; -90.36917 (29.962307, -90.369160).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20 km2), of which 6.9 square miles (18 km2) are land and 1.0-square-mile (2.6 km2) (12.41%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 11,340
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Destrehan racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 7,787 68.67%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,876 16.54%
Native American 33 0.29%
Asian 161 1.42%
Pacific Islander 10 0.09%
Other/Mixed 424 3.74%
Hispanic or Latino 1,049 9.25%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,340 people, 4,257 households, and 3,334 families residing in the CDP.


George Prince tragedy

Before the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge was completed connecting the communities of Destrehan and Luling, automobile ferries connected the towns. On October 20, 1976, one of these ferries, the George Prince, was struck by a tanker and capsized as it crossed the Mississippi River. Seventy-eight passengers and crew died.

In popular culture

Destrehan Plantation was used as a set in the film 12 Years a Slave (2013).


Destrehan High School
Destrehan High School

St. Charles Parish Public School System operates public schools:

  • Destrehan High School (9–12)
  • Harry M. Hurst Middle School (Formerly 7–8 & presently 6–8)
  • Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School (Formerly 4–6 & presently 3–5)
  • New Sarpy Elementary School (Formerly PK–3 & presently PK–2)

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