Thought to be one of less than ten homes of its kind in the entire country, the Badin-Roque house has stood since about 1770 near the banks of the Cane River. The house is also the only one in the state of Louisiana to showcase post-in ground bousillage construction.
Thought to be built about 1770, this historic home has seen the development of the Cane River valley for several centuries. Although the house has undergone several additions and modifications over the years, its history does not go unnoticed. This house was erected using the Poteaux-en-terre French Creole construction technique. This means that large cypress posts from nearby marshlands were gathered and driven into the ground. The walls were filled-in with bousillage, a combination of spanish moss, horse and animal hair and mud. The house is thought to have been first owned by Francois Frederic.
Frederic sold the land to nearby Melrose Plantation owner, Augustin Metoyer in 1827. Augustin took ownership of the house and land for several years until turning it over to his son. His son once again sold the property and it changed hands several times belonging to a doctor, reverend and later served as a convent.
Finally in the early 20th century, Norbert Badin acquired the property. He was a distant relation to Augustin Metoyer. After him, the property was granted to his daughter, Zeline Badin-Roque, granting the house its present name. The home has been preserved by the St. Augustine Historical Society since the late 1970s.
The Badin-Roque House is located along LA-484, a little over 6 miles south of Natchez, Louisiana. It is about a mile north of the St. Augustine Catholic Church and on the opposite side of the road of the Cane River.
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