Submitted by FHMaster on Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:06

Lombard Plantation and home is located on the Mississippi River in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Named for Joseph Lombard pere, the purchaser of the plot of land for his son, the tract of land was acquired October 25, 1825.[1] In a series of transactions, the land was sold back to Lombard to improve the land for $7,500. He then sold the improved land back to his son, Joseph Guilaume, with the plantation house for $13,000; the 1825-26 transaction records establish the value of the building was $5,500. The plantation property boundaries began with Mississippi River fronted property 96 acres (1.5 arpents) and 1.45 miles (40 arpents) towards Lake Ponchartrain. The sale to Guilaume included a kitchen house, 8 cows, 2 mules, carts, and 2 slaves. The Lombard family owned the plantation for less than a decade; the land and house was sold April 11, 1833 to Phillipe Guesnon for a lucrative sum of $50,000 for unknown reasons. The grounds were split between the heirs.

On January 20, 1835 the house and land were auctioned off to Frenchman Jean Louise Grasse; the bill of sale to Grease described the property as “une belle maison...” Grasse died Mach of 1843 in debt, his widow renounced her succession of the plantation in order to pay off the debt. The Durands (property owners from 1843 to 1864) re-assembled the property and continued to use the plantation for commercial agriculture. Charles Caffin controlled the plantation from 1864–1880; during his tenure he added a cast iron cornstalk fence to the property, which lasted until the 1960s.



New Orleans
29.9609°N 90.0370°W
Joseph Guilaume Lombard
Jean Louise Grasse
9th Ward