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I am continuing the trend that I started a few weeks ago in identifying the plantation woodcuts that hang on the walls of the garçonnière of The Cabin Restaurant, although today’s post features a print hanging by the front desk of The Cabin – it is a print of Uncle Sam Plantation.
Uncle Sam Plantation was located downriver from Donaldsonville in St. James Parish and was the largest plantation built in Louisiana. It was built between 1841 and 1843 for Piérre Auguste Samuel Fagot and his wife, Emilie Jourdan. The Fagot’s originally named the plantation Constancia.
The main house was constructed of brick fired on site and covered with stucco. It featured 28 Doric columns and a plan entablature. Two garçonnières and two smaller cottages, each with matching Doric columns, two octagonal pigeonniers, and forty slave cabins were adjacent to the main house.
Uncle Sam passed down the Fagots’ daughter, Felicie, and her husband, Lucien Malus after Piérre’s and Emilie’s deaths. It was then passed onto the Malus’ daughters, who married the Jacob brothers, who operated the plantation and general store on the property together. Eventually, Jules Jacob assumed principal ownership and in 1915, he sold Uncle Sam to Hymel Stebbins. Stebbins did not occupy the house but continued to operate the sugar plantation.
Unfortunately, Uncle Sam was torn down in 1940 when the newly erected levees had to be moved back due to the changing course of the Mississippi River. Following the demolition, 300,000 bricks from Uncle Sam were used in the restoration of Evergreen plantation in nearby Wallace. A chemical plant, now owned by The Mosaic Company, was later built on the site.