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The Old LeBeau Plantation 2 by SalemCat The Old LeBeau Plantation 2 by SalemCat
The LeBeau Plantation,was once the largest plantation south of New Orleans.
Francis Barthelemy LeBeau acquired the property in 1850 and built this grand mansion in the Greek Revival Style around 1854. Unfortunately, LeBeau did not live to enjoy his accomplishment, as he died not long after his house was finished.
The house has also served as a hotel, a brick factory and an illegal casino over the years.

The Greek Revival-style house was built using brick-between-posts construction. It has 16 rooms, an attic and an octagonal cupola but only one interior stairway.

“When New Orleans officials told Francois LeBeau he was going to be taxed on the number of interior stairwells in the house, he tore the inner ones out and built them on the outside,” Bulot said.

Gun turrets built into closets are a testament to the structure’s days as the Jai Alai Casino in the early 1900s.

A 1986 fire destroyed much of the interior and most of the roof. The house has been uninhabited since then.

There has been talk of restoring this historic plantation to its former Glory, But so far i haven't seen any sign of it.


For years, residents living near the LeBeau Plantation in Arabi have reported seeing a mysterious light in the vacant house’s cupola.

For anyone interested here is a link about what happened when a man, his wife and his sister decided to pay this abandoned plantation an after midnight visit and the spirits they encountered there. [link]
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unholythree Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Nice photograph, unfortunately some "ghost hunters" accidentally burned the house down last Friday.
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D-Beau Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Awesome photo! I had to download it. I remember around 95-96 during summer camp we drove to Le Beau mansion around 1-2 AM. We waited in front of the mansion for a few minutes when a light suddenly came on. But at the time the cupola wasn't completely boarded up like in this pic. Scared the hell out of me. There was a shadow of rocking chair rocking on the wall. That's what I always thought it was, but after a few seconds the light turned off. I'll never forget that night.
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SalemCat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you David,I'm glad you liked the photo! I must tell you that your story about your experience with LeBeau actually gave me goosebumps,thanks for sharing it with me!I have heard things about this place.Do you know any history of any one dying ,or killing themselves there? I have heard rumors of these things but thus far have been unable to locate any factual information.I'd be grateful for any thing you can supply knowledge wise on LeBeau.
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D-Beau Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
You're welcome. I was creeped out last night when I ran across an article about a mysterious light turning on in the cupola. Now after 13 years I can fully believe what I saw was real. Growing up I always heard stories like a man who shot himself dead and a woman jumping off the balcony. I can't say any of it is factual. I read that link you provided, but I had never heard of those tales. As far as them going to the plantation that is true because he described its build perfectly. Creepy story. What I like most about the plantation is that we share the same last name. So people would always ask if it was my mansion ha ha. As far as the history goes, I have trouble myself finding any details on it.
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SalemCat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I would LOVE to be able to get in and do some photography!!! Thanks David..Deb
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D-Beau Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
That would be great. And I know you'd love to be able to go in yourself, but in case you're interested in what the inside looks like [link] ..page 2 and 3.
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SalemCat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much David!!! I guess it's the only way I'm ever gonna see the inside..What a structure!Thanks for the link my friend! :D
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Kittihawk11 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
This is an excellent shot of the house. Such an interesting design...it must have been quite lovely in it's day. Nasty history though! It looks like the grounds have been kept up??? I read the story (link) you provided...wanna go in??? :lol:LOL
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SalemCat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I would love nothing more than to go in!!! What a creepy story huh?! I think other things would have put me off about going in that house though.It is not far from a VERY dangerous area..lots of crime etc..and SNAKES!!!:fear: Before Katrina, there was talk about fixing it up and opening it for tours..I wish they would!
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zoro-swordsman Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
Harsh history for that poor house... nice pic though~ :nod:
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