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Laurel Valley Sugar Plantation, Shotgun Quarters, 2 miles South of Thibodaux on State Route 308, Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, LA

Laurel Valley Sugar Plantation, Shotgun Quarters, 2 miles South of Thibodaux on State Route 308, Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, LA

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description

Summary

Significance: This structure is linear in construction and used extensively in Bayou LaFourche plantations and the surrounding area. The term is derived from the belief that a shotgun could be fired from the front door through the back door without any buckshot damage along its path. For the most part Laurel Valley's twenty-six houses follow the general shotgun design. They are one room wide, two rooms long, and have centered front and rear doors, but they differ in that there is a staggered interior door in the central partition near the single heart fireplace. Tenants used the front rooms for sleeping and the rear for cooking and eating. A wash window was located on a side wall in the rear room. The Laurel Valley shotguns were built between 1904 and 1920 by Barker-Lepine. They were used by individual families who worked on the plantation, undoubtedly as field hands or general laborers.
Survey number: HAER LA-1-J
Building/structure dates: 1920 Initial Construction

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Contributors

Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Barker-Lepine
Lowe, Jet
Jandoli, Liz, transmitter
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Location

lafourche parish29.79756, -90.82446
Google Map of 29.7975573, -90.8244596
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No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html

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