Francois Gabriel 'Valcour' Aime built this plantation in 1799. What made this property unique was the 12 acres of English Gardens that was created by an European landscape architect and a Napoleonic fort was built. This plantation grew fruits, vegetables, plants, and flowers from all over the world. While growing sugar cane, he experimented with techniques for refining sugar and was one of the only planters who refined sugar directly from cane juice on site. His wealth grew into the millions and he was labeled 'Louis XIV of Louisiana.' The house was sadly destroyed by fire in 1920. Nothing is left to see and it is on private property.
Location: Hwy. 18, Vacherie, Louisiana