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Prud'homme Plantation Store

Prud'homme Plantation Store - Louisiana

Photo by Ben Prepelka

     P. Phanor Prud'homme, born and raised on the Oakland Plantation, was one of the second generation Prud'homme family of Natchitoches parish planters. His father, Jean Pierre Emmanuel, obtained a land grant from the Spanish government in 1789. The Oakland Plantation quickly grew and eventually turned into a small village.
     Today, 27 historic buildings still stand on the Creole plantation property. Besides the main house, scattered around are slave quarters, a carpenter shop, doctors cottage and the plantation store, pictured here. This retro convenience store offered newly freed slaves and sharecroppers general merchandise, gasoline and also doubled as the post office for almost 100 years.
     The plantation was turned over to the National Parks Service in 1997, with restoration now under way. The two hundred year old plantation offers a great insight into the lives of its former residents and is part of the Cane River Creole National Historic Park.

 

 


 

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