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Laurel Valley Sugar Plantation, Louisiana

Laurel Valley was a large-scale sugar plantation located near Thibodaux, Louisiana, in Lafourche Parish. Lafourche, along with several other south Louisiana parishes, comprised an area generally referred to as the “Sugar Bowl” because of the numerous sugar plantations located in the vicinity. Laurel Valley Sugar Plantation was constructed between 1830 and 1850; expanded between 1890 and 1930; and, during its operation at different intervals through the years, was composed of various utility buildings, at least three types of homes occupied by formerly enslaved Africans, and workers’ quarters, and a sugar mill constructed of bricks made by enslaved Africans on the plantation. Prior to the Civil War, the plantation was Lafourche Parish’s leading sugar-producing plantation, processing a vast amount of sugar. It currently bears the ...

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