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Ashland_Belle Helene-6597

Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation located near Darrow, Louisiana was built as a wedding present for his wife Nanine, by Duncan Kenner. The mansion was began in 1840 and completed in 1842. Located approximately 1500 feet from the Mississippi River, it stands now seemingly forgotten by the ever-changing world around it. Once a magnificent centerpiece of a thriving sugarcane plantation, she now sits only a shadow of her former glory. Once nearly in ruins, Asland was purchased by Shell Oil Corporation in 1992 and is presently undergoing renovations. Behind the house stands a grove of massive oak trees hundreds of years old standing as sentinels overlooking the great mansion. The house, built in more of a Classic Revival style than the predominant Greek Revival style is not open to the public but is completely fenced in. I can only hope that one day Shell Oil will share this treasure with the rest of the world and allow the public to walk through the shadows of the mighty oaks and travel back to a time when Ashland-Belle Helene stood proud among the never-ending fields of sugarcane and in the shadows of her mighty oaks.

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Taken on April 9, 2010