The St. Augustine Historical Society and the State Daughters of the American Revolution along with community partners gathered for a groundbreaking at the Badin-Roque House to mark the beginning of its restoration on July 10. On hand were members of DAR from across the State and SAHS members. Thank you to City of Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams, Jr, Senator Louie Bernard, community friends and neighbors for joining us.
SAHS President spoke of the importance of Badin-Roque. An architectural structure constructed in the 1700’s is a rare example of Poteaux-en-terre (post in the ground) consisting of bousillage walls (mud and moss) with dirt floors. It was purchased by the St. Augustine Historical Society in 1979 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is listed by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Places as one of Louisiana’s Most Endangered Places.
For the Historical Society, it is important because first a convent for the Daughters of the Cross and later became a school for the community of Isle Brevelle and St. Augustine Catholic Church.
In addition to the groundbreaking, State Representative Charlotte Hodge White presented a check for $80,000 from the Louisiana DAR. Superintendent Carrie Mardoff of the Cane River National and Historical Park was instrumental in securing funds for cypress timbers logs valued at about $22,000, and Rebecca Blankenbaker, executive director for the Cane River National Heritage Area, is securing funds for the project as well.
The St. Augustine Historical Society continues to seek $40,000 in funds and would appreciate any donations.
Pictures of the groundbreaking are courtesy of Dunn Miller.