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    Feb 2007
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    Re: Plantation Treasure

    Thanks, Jeff - Another cache story to research! I never get enough. Maybe one day one of them will pan out!

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    DG

    Mar 2006
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    Have land very near Parlange Plantation in New Roads. Our home site has moss and clay walls in one section even, dating back to the early 1800's. So far nothing but old bottles have been found in twenty years of hunting.. Plantation treasure is popular folklore down here, but normally the only thing of value found is silverware buried during the war.
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    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
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    Re: Plantation Treasure

    The Parlange treasure, hidden on the Parlange Planta tion five miles south of New Roads on the False River in Point Coupee Parish, has a slightly different twist. At the outbreak of the war, Madame Virginia Parlange, like so many others, buried the family fortune (three chests containing gold, silver, and jewels valued at between $100,000 and $500,000) somewhere in the garden on her plantation. During the Red River Campaign, Madame Parlange saved her home and tarnished her reputation by treating Union General Banks and his staff to a lavish dinner accompanied by her best wines. She later entertained Confederate General Dick Taylor in a similar fashion. Spared the wanton destruction that erased all landmarks on many other plantations, it should have been easy for the Parlanges to reclaim the family fortune after the war; and, in fact, son Charles Parlange did relocate and recover two of the hidden chests ·but the third chest eluded all his efforts at reclamation. Eventually Charles Parlange gave up and left to study law. Subsequent treasure seekers enjoyed no better luck, and the third chest has never been found.



    Built in 1750 by the Marquis Viscent de Ternant,one of the finest examples of French Colonial architecture remaining in Louisiana and the country today. The home remains in the possession of the Marquis' descendents, the Parlange family. Parlange can be found on False River Road five miles southwest of New Roads.

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    Parlange Plantation house is built by the Marquis Vincent de Ternant in the early 1750s on a land grant he received from the French crown near False River in Pointe Coupee Parish. He first plants indigo and then adds to his fortunes with sugar. He dies in 1757. His son Claude manages the plantation until his death in 1842. Claude’s second wife Virginie Trahan takes over the plantation, saves it from destruction and plunder during the Civil War and later on one of her frequent visits to Paris, takes a second husband, Colonel Charles Parlange of the French Army. Virginie is survived by a son from this second marriage who struggles with the Reconstruction Era economy and rises to become a Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. His son, Walter Charles Parlange returns with his young bride to the abandoned plantation after the first World War and restores the house

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