Albania Plantation

Submitted by FHMaster on Sat, 12/17/2016 - 14:05

"Jeanerette, Louisiana. Iberia Parish was built 1837 and 1842 on the banks of Bayou Teche, off the Old Spanish Trail, by Charles Grevemberg, who operated a successful sugar plantation on the surrounding 6,500 acres. After he died, his wife managed the plantation until mortgage holders Samuel and Isaac Delgado foreclosed in 1885. Neither lived at Albania, but they continued to operate the plantation and to refine sugar on site. The ruins of the sugar mill are still there today.  Samuel Delgado died first, leaving his interest in the plantation to his brother. When Isaac Delgado died in 1912, he left the plantation to the City of New Orleans and stipulated that proceeds be used to finance the Isaac Delgado Central Trades School, In 1957 it was sold  to Emily Cyr Bridges. Bridges was the daughter of former Lt. Gov. Paul Cyr, an enemy of Huey Long. Her husband, Beau, died in an accident in 1968, and Bridges died in 2003. Her collections were auctioned off and Albania was sold to Hunt Slonem. The Delgado-Albania? Plantation Commission continues to operate the sugar plantation. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places."

"Albania Plantation is a plantation house located on the Bayou Teche right outside of the town of Jeanerette, Louisiana. The home was built between 1837 and 1842 by Charles Alexandre Grevemberg, who operated a successful sugar plantation on the surrounding 6,500 acres (2,600 ha). The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

After Charles Alexandre Grevemberg’s death at Albania in 1851, his wife, Euphemie Fuselier (d. 1886), managed the plantation. Records of the sugar crops made in Louisiana 1859–1860 shows Mrs. Charles Grevemberg producing 475 hogsheads of sugar on the Bayou Teche.

Samuel and Isaac Delgado acquired the property in 1885. Isaac Delgado bequeathed it to the City of New Orleans which operated the sugar plantation through the Delgado-Albania Plantation Commission.

In 1957 the City of New Orleans sold the plantation house and surrounding acreage at public auction. It was acquired by Emily Cyr Bridges, who restored Albania Mansion and opened it to the public showcasing her well-known collection. Miss Emily was an enthusiastic antiquarian who traveled the countryside knocking on doors to add to her collection of Southern plantation furniture and Acadian artifacts, at a time before such objects were highly prized.

Miss Emily was the daughter of Paul N. Cyr, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1931, under Governor Huey Long. In one of the more colorful Long era incidents, Cyr had himself sworn in as Governor in October 1931, stating that Long had vacated the office when he was elected U.S. Senator. Long called out the National Guard and the State Police to bar Cyr from the Governor’s Mansion. Miss Emily shared her father’s disdain for Huey Long, and banned his name from being spoken at Albania.

Never a conventional woman, Miss Emily was a pioneer aviator who flew patrol missions over the Louisiana coast as a member of the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

In Miss Emily’s heyday at Albania she loved to entertain on the galleries; her coterie included artist-in-residence Lucius Lacour. In her later years Miss Emily became reclusive, rarely receiving guests and never leaving her beloved Albania.

The home is currently owned by Hunt Slonem, the celebrated New York artist. Slonem bought the house for about $625,000 in 2005."

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Albania Plantation House is located in Louisiana

Location
Jeanerette, on the banks of Bayou Teche, off the Old Spanish Trail
State
County
GeoCoord
29°54′12″N 91°38′58″W
Owners
Charles Grevemberg
Samuel and Isaac Delgado
Emily Cyr Bridges
Hunt Slonem
Founded
1837 -1842
Status
Active
NRHP Ref Number
01000007