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Academy of the Sacred Heart - Grand Coteau, LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member scrambler390
N 30° 25.794 W 092° 02.286
15R E 592373 N 3366815
Quick Description: Academy of the Sacred Heart School is still operational, and has a very nice Civil War history.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 5:26:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM7VP7
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 1

Long Description:
Beautiful school and grounds. Tours of Academy opened by appointment only. The coordinates were taken from the office/main entrance to school. From the Civil War Discovery website, located here, a brief history on this site is:

This Catholic girls' school was established in 1821 and was known for its beautiful formal gardens and oak alley. The academy has remained in continuous operation through fire, epidemics, and the Civil War. In 1863 General Banks commanded Federal troops pouring into the Teche country, and he made his headquarters at Grand Coteau for a brief time. His daughter attended a Sacred Heart school in New York, and the superior of the convent there requested that the general look after the nuns at Grand Coteau. The general protected the students and the nuns and even provided food and supplies to the convent, allowing the school to remain open during the war.
Type of site: Other

1821 Academy Road
Grand Coteau, LA USA

Phone Number: 337-662-5275

Admission Charged: $5 or less

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From I-10 take I-49 exit. Follow I-49 toward Opelousas to the Grant Coteau/Sunset exit. Exit on Highway 93 toward Grant Coteau. Highway 93 becomes Main Street. Turn left at the traffic light onto Church Street. Follow Church Street to the academy.

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