Deer Range Plantation:
– Owner Maunsel White, he was the first person in the U.S. to grow what he called “tobasco” peppers. Col. White invented a process for creating “Col. Maunsel White’s Concentrated Extract of Tobasco Sauce” by adding vinegar and salt to the peppers.
– Home of the Deer Range Brass Band.
– Jim Robinson grew up on the plantation, as his nephew Sidney Brown.
– It was the home of Chris and Ben Kelly.
William Deichmann opened a grocery in 1900 and was still in business in 1907, he combined it with a barrelhouse saloon shortly after 1902.5,p53
Dew Drop Dance Hall:
“New Orleans Jazz” did not first develop and thrive only within the city limits. In the early decades of the music’s development, musicians (both individually and in bands) flowed both ways from the city to numerous small and medium sized towns in the surrounding area.
Mandeville Louisiana is a town on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, to the north of New Orleans. Regular ferry boat service connected the town with New Orleans. Bands played on the boats and in dancehalls in Mandeville and nearby towns.
The Dew Drop Dance Hall in Mandeville Louisiana is a rare historic surviving example of an old style dance hall of the late 1800s/early1900s in almost pristine condition. It was built in January of 1895 (by the Dew Drop Social Aid & Pleasure Society, founded a decade earlier). The structure held regular dances up til the early 1930s. For over half a century afterwards, it was used for nothing but storage and was not modified in any way.
Artists such as Bunk Johnson, Buddy Petit, Papa Celestin, George Lewis. Kid Ory, Edmond Hall, Chester Zardis and others played here.
The Dew Drop Hall is a simple structure. It is raised on brick piers (common to protect from periodic floods in the era before better drainage and flood protection levees). It is a plain rectangular cypress wood building, without electricity or indoor plumbing. The front and back each have a doorway; the sides a row of windows. The windows have no glass nor screens, only simple wooden shutters that can be opened or closed.
The interior is a single-room, mostly an open floor for dancing, with plain benches along the sides of the walls. In the back is the typical old-style raised bandstand.