Chretien Point Plantation

Submitted by FHMaster on Sat, 12/17/2016 - 15:31

Chretien Point Plantation is a pre-Civil War twelve room red brick mansion, located on twenty acres on the banks of Bayou Bourbeaux, two miles southwest of Sunset, Louisiana in St. Landry Parish. A Civil War battle was fought on the plantation grounds and Jean Lafitte was a tenant. The mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Historic American Buildings Survey Richard Koch, Photographer August, 1936 FRONT ELEVATION FACING SOUTHWEST - Chretien Point Plantation, Sunset, St. Landry Parish, LA HABS LA,49-SUN.V,1-3.tif

This plantation was built in 1831 by Hippolyte Chretien and has an interesting history. The pirate Jean Lafitte, a flamboyant gambler, was a frequent guest. Tales of pirates and buried treasure is also part of the plantation's history.Felicité Chretien, the independent wife of Hippolyte, was known for joining the men in smoking cigars and playing poker. The mansion was the center of a thriving 3,000-acre cotton plantation with 500 slaves. The centerpiece 12-room red brick mansion itself is spectacular with a rich history of former tenants. Slave artisans crafted the arched doors and decorated the interior with finely carved woodwork.  Chretien Point Plantation was at the center of the Battle of Buzzard's Prairie on October 15, 1863. The home was surrounded by troops but said to be spared when owner Mr. Chretien gave the Masonic sign. There is a memorial to the lost soldiers placed in the front of the property now.  The plantation stairway was the inspiration for where Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND shoots a pillaging Union soldier - a replica of stairway was made for the movie. 

 

Location
Sunset
People
State
GeoCoord
30°23′18″N 92°6′8″W
Owners
Joseph Chretien
Hipolyte Chretien II
Founded
1781
Status
Active
NRHP Ref Number
77001519