Information below is the lot/description information from
our Albania Plantation Auction, May 21, 22 & 23,
Descriptions listed below are NOT guaranteed accurate.
Call 1-800-467-5329 for general information on Neal
was built between 1837 and 1842 by Charles Francois
Grevemberg, grandson of Jean-Baptiste Grevemberg, a
prominent landholder who had settled in the Attakapas
District in the Spanish Colonial period.
After Charles Francois Grevembergís death at Albania in
1851, his wife, Euphemie Fuselier (d. 1886), managed the
plantation. Champomierís Statement of the Sugar Crop
Made in Louisiana 1859-1860 shows Mrs. Charles
Grevemberg producing 475 hogsheads of sugar on Bayou Teche. Mrs. Grevemberg owned approximately 6,500 acres
at the time.
Samuel and Isaac Delgado acquired the property in 1885.
Isaac Delgado bequeathed it to the City of New Orleans
which continues to this day to operate the sugar
plantation through the Delgado-Albania Plantation
In 1957 the City of New Orleans did sell the plantation
house and proximate surrounding acreage at public
auction. It was acquired by Emily Cyr Bridges, who
restored Albania Mansion and opened it to the public
showcasing her well-known collection. Miss Emily was an
enthusiastic antiquarian who travelled the countryside
knocking on doors to add to her collection of Southern
plantation furniture and Acadian artifacts, at a time
before such objects were highly prized.
Miss Emily was the daughter of Paul N. Cyr, Lieutenant
Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1931, under Governor
Huey Long. In one of the more colorful Long era
incidents, Cyr had himself sworn in as Governor in
October 1931, stating that Long had vacated the office
when he was elected U.S. Senator. Long called out the
National Guard and the State Police to bar Cyr from the
Governorís Mansion. Miss Emily shared her fatherís
disdain for Huey Long, and banned his name from being
spoken at Albania.
Never a conventional woman, Miss Emily was a pioneer
aviatrix who flew patrol missions over the Louisiana
coast as a member of the Civil Air Patrol during World
In Miss Emilyís heyday at Albania she loved to entertain
on the galleries; her coterie included
artist-in-residence Lucius Lacour. In her later years
Miss Emily became reclusive, rarely receiving guests and
never leaving her beloved Albania.
Albania Plantation House is on the National Register of