Laurel Valley Sugar Plantation, State Route 308, Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, LA
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State Route 308, Thibodaux, LA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER LA-1
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-12).
Building/structure dates: 1831 initial construction
Significance: Largest nineteenth century sugar plantation still intact in the United States. // Fronting Bayou LaFourche about two miles south of Thibodaux on Louisiana Highway 308 is Laurel Valley Plantation, the largest intact sugar plantation in operation. It consists of approximately 3002 acres and over 75 buildings.
De Bore, Etienne
Lepine, J. Wilson
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. View of cane-cutting machine.
2. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph looking NW at water tower with mill pond and pump house in right center foreground; fuel oil storage tank in right background.
3. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph looking E at water tower showing corn grinding shed to the left and mule barn to the rear.
4. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph taken from top of water tower looking E showing mule barn and yard; building adjacent to mill pond is not identified.
5. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph of mule barn looking north with windpump in foreground.
6. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph taken from top of water tower of fields west of mill complex. These were known as the 'wop' fields because they were tended by Italian workers; corn grinding shed is the building in lower right of photograph and fuel oil storage tank is to the right.
7. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph looking SE showing blacksmith shop, mill pond and row of creole style workers' housing on other side of mill pond.
8. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph looking S over mill pond showing row of creole workers' houses in background.
9. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph taken from top of water tower looking S showing cooperage with workers village in background.
10. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph taken from top of water tower looking SW showing cooperage shed and row of workers houses.
11. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph taken at front of plantation along Bayou Lafourche showing steam powered pile driver driving piles for unidentified building foundation; building in background is Baptist church for black workers.
12. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph of overseer Claiborne Toups' house that burned down in 1973.
13. Photocopy of c. 1922 photograph of Wilson J. Lepine family posed in a cane cart with plantation cooks standing in foreground. It was customary for the family to attend a Thanksgiving dinner held in the Boarding House; Wilson Lepine is the man sitting in the cart on the left.
14. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph of sawmill maintained at rear of plantation.
15. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph of steam-powered canederrick loading sugar cane onto a barge on Bayou Lafourche.
16. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph of dredging machine that maintained the drainage ditches at Laurel Valley.
17. Photocopy of c. 1922 photograph of cane field tractor developed and patented by Mr. Arsenaud of Laurel Valley Plantation; Claiborne Toups, overseer, is standing on the left.
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