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LaBranche Plantation Dependency
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LaBranche Plantation Dependency
Location River Rd. (LA 48), St. Rose, Louisiana
Built 1792
NRHP reference No. 84000145
Added to NRHP October 18, 1984
LaBranche Plantation Dependency (St. Rose, Louisiana)
LaBranche Plantation Dependency historical marker

The LaBranche Plantation Dependency House is located in St. Rose, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. From many accounts, LaBranche Plantation in St. Rose, Louisiana, was one of the grandest on the German Coast until it was destroyed during the Civil War. All that remained was the dependency house, known as a garconnière (French for bachelor quarters).

History

The Zweig family, immigrants from Germany, acquired the property and built the plantation big house and related buildings in 1792. The main building was destroyed during the Civil War. Following the division of the property among heirs in the late 19th century, there is little left to indicate that a grand mansion stood on the grounds except for an allée lined with oak trees.

The late eighteenth-nineteenth century Creole dependency house, typically used for young bachelors and known in French as a garconnière, is significant because of its Federal woodwork and rarity as a surviving plantation dependency. Olidé and Marie Perilloux Cambre purchased the dependency house and property in 1902.

Modern day

The site where the manor house once stood is on private land and is not accessible to the public. The site of the Dependency House is on land currently owned by the Lentini family of Kenner. The Lentinis purchased and restored the dependency house in 1983. On October 18, 1984, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, due to its exquisite Federal woodwork and rarity as a plantation dependency or ancillary building.

The property also has a preserved slave quarters building. It has been restored, to show the living conditions of a slave family (or families). Preserved slave quarters are few in the area, since most plantations were purchased by oil refineries or industrial plants for the property; any remaining slave housing was usually torn down.

Also located on the site is the bathtub owned by Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States (1849–1850).

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