Along the fertile banks of the Mississippi River across from New Orleans, planter Camille Zeringue transformed a mediocre colonial plantation into a thriving gem of antebellum sugar production, complete with a columned mansion known as Seven Oaks. Under the moss-strewn oaks, the privileged master nurtured his own family, but enslaved many others. Excelling at agriculture,Along the fertile banks of the Mississippi River across from New Orleans, planter Camille Zeringue transformed a mediocre colonial plantation into a thriving gem of antebellum sugar production, complete with a columned mansion known as Seven Oaks. Under the moss-strewn oaks, the privileged master nurtured his own family, but enslaved many others. Excelling at agriculture, business, an ambitious canal enterprise, and local politics, Zeringue ascended to the very pinnacle of southern society. But his empire soon came crashing down. After the ravages of the Civil War and a nasty battle with a railroad company the family eventually lost the great estate. Seven Oaks ultimately ended up in the hands of distant railroad executives whose only desire was to rid themselves of this heap of history. Lost Plantation: The Rise and Fall of Seven Oaks tells both of Zeringue's climb to the top and of his legacy's eventual ruin.Preservationists and community members abhorred the railroad's indifferent attitude, and the question of the plantation mansion's fate fueled years of fiery, political battles. These hard-fought confrontations ended in 1977 when the exasperated railroad executives sent bulldozers through the decaying house. By analyzing one failed effort, Lost Plantation provides insight into the complex workings of American historical preservation efforts as a whole, while illustrating how southerners deal with their multifaceted past.The rise and fall of Seven Oaks is much more than just a local tragedy-it is a glaring example of how any community can be robbed of its history. Now, as parishes around New Orleans recognize the great aesthetic and monetary value of restoring plantation homes and attracting tourism, Jefferson Parish mourns a manor lost.Marc R. Matrana, Westwego, Louisiana, is a local historian and preservationist. See the author's site....
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Lost Plantation: The Rise and Fall of Seven Oaks Reviews
Heartbreaking.You want to cry, scream, and strangle people all at the same time when you read about all the chances there were to save this building. It is a wonderful glimpse into a totally different culture that we do not have around us to experience any longer and shows us what happens when stubborn big business and government can not find middle ground. The book reads easy and quick, but his love for the subject is clearly evident. As someone who works with restored, relocated buildings, this subject hits home and the pain can be felt in its lost.
History of Seven Oaks Plantation in Westwego, LA (across the river from New Orleans). Very well researched. I went to this place many times as a child with my dad as he photographed it and wrote news articles about its demise in the Times Picayune. Surprised to recognize so many names associated with the area's past. It is sad to think that people cared so little about preserving the past that they allowed the plantation to be destroyed. I highly recommend this book to people interested in the Old South, or New Orleans.
Some slow parts but I really enjoyed this examination of the old antebellum south. Slow start is understandable because it is the history of a mansion and property, after all.