Directions and IntroductionTheodore Dreyfus House - Livonia Louisiana
There are two ways to get to Livonia, US 190 and I-10. If you are on US 190 and traveling East, turn right (South) onto LA Hwy. 77 at the first traffic light in Livonia (immediately before you cross the Bayou).  Or, traveling West on 190, turn left at the second traffic light (there are traffic lights on both sides of the Bayou).  Travel about 3/8s of a mile.  Dreyfus House is on the right.   You should see our sign in the front yard.  Turn right into the driveway between the house and the Dreyfus Store Restaurant.

Traveling East or West on I-10 take Grosse Te'te Exit (Exit 139) and go North on LA. Hwy. 77 fourteen miles through Rosedale and Maringouin.  You'll see the Dreyfus Store Restaurant on your left immediately after the Livonia village limits sign.  Turn left down the driveway on the north side of the Restaurant.

Park along side the house or in the rear and walk up on the front porch, look around and enjoy the view. Observe the 40" tall levee that runs in front of the house.  At one time it ran from New Roads to Plaquemine and was built with mule, oxen, slaves and free men using wheelbarrows, plows, drag boxes and shovels, probably after the big 1820 flood.
Prior to 1927 Bayou Grosse Tete was connected to the Mississippi River at New Roads and was subject to much more flooding than is normal today.  The levee held back the Great 1927 flood.  We have pictures of children jumping out of the annex building next door into the water and swimming within a few yards of the front porch of Dreyfus House.

Theodore Dreyfus, Granddaughter Flora, wife Blondina & rear daughter Rosina
Foyer & Front EntranceFoyer from Front Porch Front Entrance Set Up for Weddings
Rooms in the Theodore Dreyfus House are named after Theodore's wife, Blondina, and their 5 children.  As we enter through the front door, the Rosina Meeting & Dining Room is immediately to the right in front of the stairs, straight ahead is the middle foyer, further ahead is the Blondina Sunroom and to the left off the front foyer are the Max Mayer and Mabel Bedrooms.
Rosina Meeting and Dining Room
Rosina Meeting Room - Bride and Groom Dancing Rosina, Theodore's first child, lived in the house until her marriage to Alphonse Weil in 1914.  In 1930, Theodore asked Rosina and Alphonse to return to Livonia to manage the house, store and farm lands that were now part of his holdings.  She continued to live at Dreyfus House until her death in 1974.  The Rosina Room (right in front of the stairs) is a large multi-purpose room, that can be used for meetings, sit-down meals or open for dancing, standing around and socializing.  Notice the hardwood floors and chandelier.
Rosina Dining Room - Wedding Party

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