He gave his son-in-law, Florent Fortier, complete authority over the operations of the sugar refinery and withdrew from public life. Aime owned a plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, called the St. James Refinery Plantation, but it became known as Le Petit Versailles due to its opulence. Known as the "Louis XIV of Louisiana," he was reputedly the wealthiest person in the South. [9] Her brother was two-time governor of Louisiana, André Bienvenue Roman. Large hothouses were filled with much tropical vegetation, while outside, the landscape was planted with fruit trees, shrubbery, and other plants from exotic locations. After attending a Christmas mass, Valcour was caught in a storm on his journey home, and he caught a cold after the temperature plummeted to record lows. 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Aime also donated to the St. James Catholic Church priceless treasures such as two four-feet-tall solid silver candle holders, an organ, statues of the apostles, and a communion rail. Planter and Sugar Manufacturer Volume 52, "The Louisiana Sugar Planters of the Old Regime", Fortier, Alcee, A History of Louisiana Volume 3, 1904, Cabanocey: The History, Customs and Folklore of St. James Parish Par Lillian C. Bourgeois, page 26, Marc H. Hunter, "'Family Project' restores plantation,", "Simmonds's Colonial Magazine and Foreign Miscellany", The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, e%22&cd=2#v=onepage&q=%22Valcour%20Aime%22&f=false 134, https://books.google.com/books?id=sqxKAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA76&lpg=PA76&dq=valcour+aime+sugar&source=bl&ots=xTvLc87HgD&sig=PsOGDGyKUZ0XdGOuJXQb4xY52gg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pQYyU7LeMueu2QWwyYC4DA&ved=0CDgQ6AEwBTgK#v=onepage&q=valcour%20aime%20sugar&f=false, "SUNDAY'S OBITUARY - Francois Gabriel Valcour Aime (1797-1867)", "Les écrits de langue française en Louisiane au XIXe siècle: essais biographiques et bibliographiques", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Valcour_Aime&oldid=977769494, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Edwige, Joséphine, Félicité, Felicie, Gabriel. 4 0 obj His father died when he was two years old and his mother six years later. Artificial ruins, some detailed with oyster shells and marble statuary, added a decorative flair to the gardens. The new house was a typical double-galleried building with massive columns, but it had wings on each end that enclosed a rear courtyard, creating a very remarkable rear façade. François-Gabriel was born in 1797 in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana at the Aime Plantation, to François-Gabriel Aime II (1768-1799) and Marie Félicité Julie Fortier (1778-1806). Twin staircases on either side of the courtyard framed the rows of columns within. Fortier was the manager of Valcour Aimé's St. James Sugar Refinery. Joséphine Aime (1821-), married in 1839, Alexis Ferry II, by whom she had issue. endobj 101 Efferson Hall Baton Rouge, LA 70803 225-578-4161 225-578-4143 web@agcenter.lsu.edu Casey Versailles 1300 Perdido Street Suite BW15 Office: (504) 658-2900 Fax: (504) 658-2923 www.lsuagcenter.com www.suagcenter.com Mark Your Calendar Jan 20-22, 2012 4-H Fashion Camp Feb 12-20, 2012 LSU Livestock Show February 4-H Cookery Contest March 9-11, 2012 Jr. 3 0 obj It is the principal city of the Alexandria metropolitan area (population 153,922) which encompasses all of Rapides and Grant parishes. Valcour bought the couple, Félicité Emma Aime (1823-1905), married her second cousin, Alexandre Septime Fortier, by whom she had issue. endobj <>/ExtGState<>/XObject<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/Annots[ 16 0 R] /MediaBox[ 0 0 841.92 595.32] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> He would spend most of his days and nights on his knees praying, and in reading his Bible and his son's journals. %���� with my daughters when they were under 10, there's a family owned amusement park at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware which is a wonderful place to take young children. 2 0 obj Jacques Roman and his wife began construction on a house the following year which was completed in 1839. Disney and Alaska were the best. Aime was placed in the charge of his maternal grandfather, Michel Fortier (1750-1819), who raised him. Alexandria is the ninth-largest city in the state of Louisiana and is the parish seat of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. In addition, the plantation's own railroad ran through the gardens to carry guests around the estate. His wife, and his youngest daughter Félicie, quickly followed Gabriel in death over the next two years and Aime became a virtual recluse. His most valuable gifts were the twelve paintings of the stations of the cross and the two large paintings which hang over the side altars, which he commissioned a famous Italian artist to paint. His condition did not improve, and Valcour Aime died of pneumonia on January 1, 1867.[8]. All courses are open to all students regardless of age, race, color, sex, handicapping condition and national origin, including limited-English proficiency. By the 1830s, his plantation had grown to 10,000 acres and was the leading sugar producer in the world. They called the plantation Bon Séjour, but due to the alley (French allée) of oaks which had been planted a century before, it became known as Oak Alley Plantation. %PDF-1.5 He is credited with perfecting the vacuum-pan method and was one of the only planters who refined sugar directly from cane juice on site. Valcour Aime kept a plantation diary from 1823 to 1854 documenting temperature, farming techniques, and various experiments with new varieties of cane and equipment. Gabriel Aime (1828-1854), youngest and the only son, died unmarried, had no issue. The interior of the mansion boasted sixteen rooms, including a grand banquet hall and private children's dining room on the first floor and private parlors, bedrooms, and a library on the second floor. They also love camping in our RV-anywhere. Guide d’assistance Educonnect/LSU - Parents Ce site s’adresse aux parents d’élèves, il a pour objet de les informer sur les services mis à disposition par les établissements ou l’académie, et l’usage de l’Internet et des réseaux sociaux. A large artificial lake filled with exotic fish was built and a stream known as La Riviere was supplied with pumped water from the nearby Mississippi River. [5] He helped build Jefferson College in Convent, and when it experienced financial difficulties and was on the verge of total collapse, Valcour rescued the complex by purchasing it. A small zoo was installed that included many species of songbirds, peacocks, and even kangaroos. <>>> François-Gabriel "Valcour" Aime (1797–1867) was a slave owner, a sugar planter, philanthropist, and pioneer in the large-scale refining of sugar. [12], In 1977, he was honored on a Mardi Gras doubloon as a "great man of Louisiana. His innovative technique gave him a competitive edge, made him the richest man in Louisiana, and earned him the title "father of white sugar." Callaway Gardens in Georgia is outstanding for the kids and parents. Valcour bought the couple. Posted by vl100butch on 5/26/18 at 6:01 pm to mt1 Leadership Conference April 14-15, 2012 Garden Show In 1854, his son Gabriel died from yellow fever, which devastated Valcour. Aime inherited the family plantation in St. Charles Parish, and a fortune of $100,000 in 1818; but he sold his portion of the plantation and bought several other plantations in St. James Parish, where he began the cultivation of sugar cane. Roman bridges spanned the rivulet at various intervals. It has been suggested that Aime was inspired by Joséphine Bonaparte's English gardens at the Château de Malmaison, and it is said that over 120 slaves were employed in the creation of the botanical wonder at Petit Versailles.

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