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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.


Wayne Schexnayder

Schexnayder’s Acadian Foods

Laura Westbrook: I am visiting with Chef Wayne Mark Schexnayder at his workplace, where Schexnayder’s Acadian Foods are produced. The interviewer is Laura Westbrook and the date is November 8, 2005. Wayne, you were saying that your family has lived in Hahnville for—?

Wayne Schexnayder: Hahnville, in St. Charles Parish, is the Parish seat and in French it’s called “Cote des Allemandes,” which means the German Coast. My family has been here since the early 1700s.

Were they involved with the sugar business?

No; they were German farmers that were brought there by the French to farm, to start a colony—a new colony.

I see.

And it was three original settlements, three German settlements along the river in St. Charles Parish. The Schexnayders were one of the first families in Louisiana.

That’s something people don’t know a whole lot about.

I think—I want to say it’s the third oldest settlement in the state after New Orleans and Natchitoches.


( Read the full interview by following the PDF link above )

Date of interview:
2005-11-08 00:00

Laura Westbrook, University of New Orleans


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