New Orleans City Park (Images of America)

Chevalier d'Aubant


Gayarre also included the story of Chevalier d'Aubant , a Frenchman who was an officer in the Duke of Brunswick's court. After arriving with colonial troops in 1718 and with the consent of the Indians he built a retreat on the bayou. In 1721 a woman arrived in New Orleans and asked to be taken to d'Aubant. They were wed the following day and “they planted those two oaks, which, are, to this day, to be seen standing side by side on the bank of the St. John...a little to the right of the bridge, as you cross it, in front of Allard's plantation”. Legend has it that the woman, Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Duke of Brunswick had faked her death to escape her arranged marriage to the ruthless Alexis, son of Russia's Peter the Great. Pictured is is the one remaining tree, the Dueling Oak in a 1930s view. The tomb beside it is said to be that of Allard. (LDL)

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~The Bayou, Road, Oaks, and Native Americans: 1400-1769~
~Plantation to Peristyle: 1770-1907~
~Expansion and Modernization: 1908-1928~
~The New Deal: 1929-1939~
~Children & Friends: 1940-2004~
~Rebirth: 2005-2010~
~The People Behind the Names: Donors, Benefactors, and Patrons~
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The images in this book appear courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL), Louisiana Digital Library (LDL), the Library of Congress (LOC), The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), Pictometry International (PI), and D.C. "Infrogmation" May (DCM). Unless otherwise noted, images are from the author's collection.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is dedicated to Friends of City Park.

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