Des Allemands: This peaceful bayou village was named after its body of water running through it, namely “Bayou Des Allemands”, a French name meaning the “Bayou of the Germans”. It was settled approximately 247 years ago, some 80 years before the Stars and Stripes were first raised at Place de Armes in 1803. The Germans and the Canadians are regarded as the founders of all settlements in Louisiana. The German settlement in Louisiana is often overlooked but once the “German Coast,” which started 25 miles above New Orleans and extended 40 miles up the river on the west bank, was well known as the place where the people who migrated from the land of the Rhine settled and later prospered.
Using this historical background, we will take an airboat tour of the lush bayous that are home to various vegetation, wild Iris, reptiles and many alligators who make their home in these brackish bayou waters. After our airboat tour we will stop at a German Cajun restaurant for a unique bite to eat that converges dishes from Germany, France and our own Cajun lifestyle.
We will end our adventure at nearby Destrehan Plantation.
Destrehan Plantation is an antebellum mansion , in the French Colonial style, modified with Greek Revival architectural elements. It is located in southeast Louisiana , near the town of the same name, Destrehan.
Duringthe19thcentury,the plantation wasamajorproducerof indigo andthen sugarcane. Thehomeis most commonly associated with its second owner, Jean-Noël Destréhan , who served briefly as the first United States Senator from Louisiana in 1812. He was influential in the transition of the Orleans Territory to statehood.
The house is a unique example of a plantation home outliving the oil refinery that had been built around it. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural quality and association with important people and events in Louisiana history.
4 – 5 hours
Cost: $185.00 per person (lunch stop at Spars Famous Catfish Restaurant)
6-person minimum 3 hours
Cost: $125.00 pp