David Plater, a descendant and researcher of the Lewis and Butler family, recently published The Butlers of Iberville Parish, Louisiana: Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800’s. His research focuses upon the generation of Frances Parke Lewis, who grew up at Woodlawn in Fairfax County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis and Lawrence Lewis (a son of Betty Washington and Fielding Lewis). Frances married Edward George Washington Butler and the couple moved from Virginia to Louisiana and established their home along the banks of the Mississippi River, a plantation known as Dunboyne. David Plater’s connection to the family provides a unique insight that allows him to capture the struggles the Lewis and Butler family experienced as sugar planters.
For more information about the publication visit http://lsupress.org/books/detail/butlers-of-iberville-parish-louisiana/#sthash.3tqYncqc.dpuf
To learn more about the Lewis and Butler family and their connection to Louisiana, join the Washington and Lewis Heritage weekend in New Orleans December 9-11, 2016. We will visit sites connected to the Lewis and Butler family history as well as offer a chance to meet author David Plater.
The weekend will kick-off Friday with a city tour, time for shopping in the French Quarter, and a jazz dinner cruise on the paddlewheel steamboat Natchez. Saturday we travel to Destrehan Plantation for hands on exploring of a sugar and indigo plantation then return to the city to enjoy the New Orleans nightlife. Our weekend will conclude with services at one of the historic churches and enjoy a brunch at one of the many acclaimed restaurants.
Your spot will be reserved upon receipt of a registration fee. In addition, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard New Orleans Downtown Near the French Quarter. Should you be interested in joining us, you may email Monica Pesek at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.