Louisiana Division/City Archives   New Orleans Public Library

Image of the Month
April 2012

Duncan F. Kenner, a prominent planter & politician in Ascension Parish, built Ashland Plantation during the early 1840s (a later owner renamed it Belle Helene). It stands today as one of the greatest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the state of Louisiana.

This photograph of the building was taken by Dorothy Violet Gulledge (1908-1988) in 1965. It is one of more than 400 Gulledge photos that document the exteriors and interiors of some of the state's finest antebellum homes as they existed fifty or so years ago. We have recently started a project to digitize all of the Gulledge plantation photographs. They will soon be available online at http://nutrias.org/~nopl/photos/gulledge/gulledge.htm .

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