Tezcuco Plantation Destroyed By Fire

Tezcuco Plantation Destroyed By Fire
Last Sunday, one of Louisiana's famed plantation homes, became the tragic victim of a terrible fire. Tezcuco Plantation is located in Darrow, Louisiana, which is about two miles from Burnside, and is in Ascension Parish.

The 147-year-old plantation home was built by Benjamin Tureaud in 1855, and was called Tezcuco, which was taken from the name of a lake not far from Mexico City. The word "tezcuco" means "resting place."

Thought the fire destroyed much of Tezcuco, the original structure and its chimneys are still standing, amid the ashes left remaining by the blaze.

The remanents of this very historic Greek Revival plantation will stay, as is too, because the owner had refused to have it levelled by a bulldozer.

But in spite of this, there are no future plans to rebuild Tezcuco either, by owner Annette Harland.

Fire may've ravaged the main house, but it didn't even touch the 200-year-old stately oak trees, in addition to the adjacent 23 guest cottages that are also
situated on the property.

Despite the immense damage to the plantation itself. Tezcuco will remain open for business as usual. Because the 23 cottages serve as a bed and breakfast place for visiting guests. Tourists can also still come and visit the two museums, gift shop, gazebo, chapel, and restaurant that are on the grounds. As they were spared by the fire entirely.

The value of the plantation home loss was estimated to be at one million dollars, and the precious furnishings and antiques in addition, were estimated to be $500,000.

Tezcuco's main house drew in big business, as it served as the background for many a wedding, but this can be no more. As the elegant home itself is gone and is no longer. All that remains of this historic residence is traces of what it once was.

Annette Harland, who is Tezcuco's owner, does plan to take the memorabilia that was rescued from the fire and put them into some kind of special museum.

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