National Geographic : 1958 Apr
(O National Geographic Society The Hermitage wears an air of pride even in decay. Here, flushed with victory from the Battle of New Orleans, Michel Doradou Bringier brought his child bride Aglae. Nine children and countless friends filled the house with life. Sometimes as many as 542 50 guests spent the night. Monumental columns rise in faded glory at Belle Helene, the Greek temple that Duncan Kenner built in 1841 and called Ashland. The estate once boasted a stable of blooded horses and private race track. Now cattle graze the grounds and drink from the abandoned sirup kettles. it"