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Information below is the lot/description information from our Albania Plantation Auction, May 21, 22 & 23, 2004. Descriptions listed below are NOT guaranteed accurate. Call 1-800-467-5329 for general information on Neal Auction Company.

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Albania 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 Commission.

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 War II.

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 Historic Places.

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