|The Lastrapes genealogy dates back to 1600, in Peyrens, France.The Coat of Arms was created in 1750, and, researched in 1935 and later in 1956, is believed to be accurate.|
The Lastrapes home and surrounding 400 acres were purchased by Jean Henri Lastrapes in 1793 from J. Carriere's widow.Today, it includes 500 acres, and remains in the continuous stewartship of the Lastrapes family.
The landmark, "Seven Brothers Oak", is an interesting story.Thrilled with the birth of his seventh son in 1810 Jean Henri called his workers to bring seven Oak saplings from the woods to be planted around the large one story Lastrapes home.Returning late in the afternoon, the workers were instructed to place the saplings in a hastily dug hole in front of the home, to be replanted the next day.But a cotton plantation has many chores associated with it and the replanting never took place.
Today, five huge trunks remain in this massive Oak, a member of both the National and Louisiana Live Oak Society email email@example.com (lower case of letter L). In June, 2001, the Lastrapes family engaged a well recognized service to trim dead wood, take soil samples, and perform other work to strenthen one of Washington's many landmarks.
Washington, repuded to be Louisiana's third settlement in 1720, was an important steamboat port from 1825 to 1910.A round trip passage in the year,1855, beginning from 1 of 7 warehouses on Bayou Courtableau ("Cor-taa-blew")to New Orleans cost $11.The trip left on Saturday, arrived in New Orleans on Wednesday.From New Orleans Thursday morning, the "J.E.Trudeau" (one of some 90 steamboats documented as having a share of similar commerce)would return with all manner of products from around the world.The cargo could then be offloaded onto a Wells Fargo Stagecoach westward along the Old Texas Road, passing through a community later incorporated as Lake Charles. Or it might leave Washington traveling north to Alexandria via oxen-drawn flatboats along a bayou which was so clean..."one could not gather a switch along it's banks."