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Poche Plantation Convent Louisiana

Poche Plantation was built by Felix Poche and his family after the Civil War. Located along the banks of the Mississippi River halfway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans the 6000 square foot home is a unique piece of plantation history.

Felix Poche is famous for his detailed journal maintained during the Civil War and discovered inside the plantation 100 years later. As a Commissary Subsistence Officer in the Confederate Army his journal painted a detailed picture of the various battles he experienced. Excerpts of the journal can be read here.

Standing along the highway looking at the home visitors stare upon a rather simple looking design. What belies the appearance is that Felix Poche worked to hide his wealth when building the home. During the time of construction the area around the plantation was decimated in the aftermath of war. Locals were scavenging for basic essentials while this lawyer from New Orleans was building a mansion. This disparity set the stage for hatred that forced the Poche Family from the home only two years after completion.

Now owned by Mark and Yvette Anderson the home and grounds are quickly being restored to a stately appearance. The owners purchased the property a few days prior to Hurricane Katrina in an auction sale. As the story goes Mark and his wife frequented local plantation auctions looking for unique artifacts. As a jest Mark put in the opening bid for the plantation and no one else bid. He and his wife were now owners of a plantation.

They stayed on the grounds that first night where they then learned of the fast approaching storm. Unable to buy insurance in time they lucked out with only minor wind damage.

The previous owner had used the property as a Bed and Breakfast so there was material circulating the web marketing the location. After Katrina a construction company from New York approached the Anderson’s and rented the entire property for 1 year. The income produced from this rental sustained them during their initial remodel and sowed the seeds for the current shape of the location.

The following photos were taken during our tour of the home. Nearly all of the contents were purchased from area auctions since the original contents were sold at auction prior to the purchase by the new owners. The fireplace grates are very unique and set the stage for an interesting tail of Civil War thievery.

Historians have cataloged the items in the home and of all the items the fireplace fronts just do not fit. Some of them were manufactured decades before the war yet they found their way into the home built after the war. The disparity of age suggests the items were removed from looted plantations and brought to the new home. How they arrived at this location no one knows for sure but we venture a guess that Felix Poche’s position in the military allowed him easy access to shipping bulky items from the front lines. It would also explain how he returned after the war to “earn” so much money.

If you ask Mark Anderson his thoughts about the stories he will respond simply with “the man was a lawyer”. Felix Poche ended up as a Louisiana Supreme Court Justice and a founding member of the American Bar Association.


3 Responses to “Poche Plantation Convent Louisiana”

  1. […] RV Park is built around a plantation built in the mid 1800’s (read more here) and is run by a colorful owner who really made the place fun. We stayed in the newer concrete pad […]

  2. Mark says:

    Hope y’all doin well and in good health

    • admin says:

      Mark good to hear from you. We are still traveling and having fun. We always refer people who are heading to New Orleans to your place. It was one of the special places we have stayed. Take care and happy holidays. Mark