This French Colonial house, built in the mid-1700s, is believed to be the oldest structure still located in its original location in St. Landry Parish.
Built by Michel Prudhomme, who donated a large track of land to build historic St. Landry Catholic Church, the home was later owned by the Ringrose family and some folks today still refer to it as “Ringrose Plantation.” During the Civil War, the home was used to house Union officers.
The grounds feature one of the largest camellia trees in the country which produces a beautiful flower called Opelousas Pink. Also on the property is an original pigeonnier constructed of hewn Louisiana cypress. Its last private resident was the late Ruth Robertson Fontenot, noted historian, genealogist, author and artist. While residing at Ringrose, Fontenot painted many of her famous watercolors, of which some are on display today in the home.
The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is available for tours, meetings, receptions and reunions.