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Portrait of François Gabriel “Valcour” Aimé (1797–1867), a gentleman planter of St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, said to have been the wealthiest man in the South during the first half of the 19th Century.

Many believe that Charles, the same free mulatto who built de Logny’s plantation (Destrehan), also built Home Place Plantation in present-day Hahnville in about 1791 for Pierre Gaillard.

The Fortier family contends Home Place was built by their family after receiving a Spanish land grant.

The ground floors still have imported Italian marble.

As with many other plantations, indigenous material such as birch and cypress were used in construction of the house.

It is described as a French Colonial raised cottage, is a National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the National Register.

It is presently owned by descendants of the Keller family and others.

Home Place Plantation
Home Place Plantation, River Road, Hahnville was built in 1790. (Courtesy of Gene Yoes)

Valcour Aime was born at Home Place Plantation in 1798 on the First German Coast to Francois Aime and Marie Felicite Julie Fortier Aime.

This text is © copyright material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.

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Further Reading

Richard Keller: Home Place Is Where His Heart Is
By Henry E. Yoes III
River Parish Focus
Vol. 1 No. 4
September 1978

Home Place Fesibility Study
Louisiana Office of State Parks
March 2000