Emar Andrepont Store

Emar Andrepont Store (HM21EO)

Location: Opelousas, LA 70570 St. Landry Parish
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N 30° 31.904', W 92° 4.484'

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circa 1880

Built in the 1880s by Emar Andrepont, this building is typical of an old "general" country store. Originally built in the rural St. Landry Parish community of Prairie Ronde, the store operated for nearly 100 years. It was first owned by Emar, and then later by his son-in-law, Evrand Brown, who married Emar's daughter, Rose.Like most general stores of the late 19th century, the Andrepont store was the original "one-stop" shop. Farmers and townspeople bought everyday items like hardware, bulk foods and clothing from the local store.Many small town general stores also housed the town's post office, and this store was no exception. For a while, it too served as post office.To maximize the storage and display of multiple items, storeowners like Andrepont used every open space for storage. Shelves were built into walls instead of windows. Storeowners purchased items such as coffee, flour, sugar, spices, kerosene, and others in bulk quantities, and measured out the desired amount into jugs and bags for customers.Emae Andrepont, the son of Martin Andrepont and Hermina Charles Pitre, was born on April 21, 1863 in Prairie Ronde, He married Alice Dupre and the couple had seven children.When Emar Andrepont died in 1941, the store was then run by Emar's daughter, Rose, and her husband Evrand Brown. They would operate the old store
up until the time of their deaths in the 1980s. Rose and Evrand did not have any children.The estate was willed to the children of a sister, Alice Andrepont Ledoux and her husband Dewey Ledoux. The children donated the store, along with the three-seater outhouse, to the city. It was moved to the village in 1992. The move was funded by the Opelousas Tourism and Activities Committee.
HM NumberHM21EO
Placed ByCity Of Opelousas Louisiana
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Date Added Monday, September 4th, 2017 at 7:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 588762 N 3378072
Decimal Degrees30.53173333, -92.07473333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 31.904', W 92° 4.484'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 31' 54.24" N, 92° 4' 29.04" W
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Area Code(s)337
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801-865 Ronald Reagan Hwy, Opelousas LA 70570, US
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