Friends of Fort DeRussy, Inc.

The Official Site of Fort DeRussy, Louisiana



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Friends of Fort DeRussy, Inc.

7162 Hwy 29

Cottonport, LA  71327




We would like to acknowledge the donations of those of you who contribute over and above your annual dues. Thank you, you allow this organization to excel!


Corporate Sponsors

CLECO, 2030 Donahue Ferry Road, Pineville, LA  71360

      CLECO continues as our most reliable and constant donor, with $200 donations again in 2010 and 2011. Thank you, CLECO.

Paragon Casino, 711 Paragon Place, Marksville, LA 71351 

Banks' Grand Retreat

Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table


Individual Donors



    Jeanette Ingold, Missoula, MT

    Stephen Norman, Alexandria, LA          



      Estate of Hugh Ripley, Florida       $5,000 left to FFD in will

   Kim Handy, Knoxville, TN




    John McConnell, Ashburn, VA




     Kim Handy, Knoxville, TN


     Frank Furman, Rolla, MO




     Frank Furman, Rolla, MO


     Mark Reljac, Burleson, TX




     Hugh Ripley, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

     Lora Cahill, Attica, OH


Richard T. Mayeux, Hammond, LA

Bill Rome, Ethel, LA

Kim Handy, Knoxville, TN

Russ Mayeux, Treasure Island, FL




Lora & Dallas Cahill, Attica, OH

Mark Jeansonne, Hessmer, LA

Hugh Ripley, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Constance Harmon, Huber Heights, OH

Tony Matt, Sugar Land, TX


Doug Cooper, Eagle, ID




Hugh Ripley, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Thomas Handy, Starkville, MS

Lora & Dallas Cahill, Attica, OH

Ode & Gloria Carlisle, Houston, TX

Murray Mayeux, Bowling Green, OH

Robert Gobtop, Rochelle, IL

Jay Stevens, Parkville, MO

Francis Furman, Rolla, MO


Rene Edward DeRussy Hoyle IV, Spring Valley, NY


Bill Rome, Baton Rouge, LA


Thomas Plimpton, Lawrence, IN


Paul Schwing, New Iberia, LA


Kim D. Handy, Knoxville, TN


Barton C. Allen, DDS, Dallas, TX




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Donate (Donations of $15 or more also count as membership dues

In 2005, the Louisiana State Legislature voted to spend $850,000 developing the Fort DeRussy State Historic Site. Unfortunately for us, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have made the actual arrival of that money extremely questionable. Fact is, that money is Gone with the Wind (wouldn't that be a cool title for a book?).


Friends of Fort DeRussy needs your help. With the Office of State Parks busy rebuilding their old parks, new sites such as Fort DeRussy are on their own. Which means, any improvements done at Fort DeRussy will be done by Friends of Fort DeRussy. That's FFD - which is spelled Y-O-U.


Your membership in FFD means that you will receive our newsletter, but more importantly, it means that your dues will go toward the renovation of Fort DeRussy. Dues go toward acquisition of items for the one-day-to-be-built museum and library, and occasional lobbying of legislators for funds for the fort. In these precarious financial times for this state, this is an essential jobs. State Parks is prohibited by law from doing any lobbying - if the legislature is going to hear about Fort DeRussy, they're going to have to hear it from us.


We'd sure like to have you as a member - you can send a check with your $15 dues to Friends of Fort DeRussy, 7162 Hwy 29, Cottonport, LA  71327. And if you want to make a donation, that's fine, too.


All of our workers are volunteers, and they are not paid. Every once in a while, someone gets reimbursed for expenses, but no one gets paid for their time. So, unbelievably, in this organization 100% of your donations go to furthering the cause of Fort DeRussy. It doesn't get any better than that. Unless you also consider that we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible. (Tax ID number is 02-0672814)


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