Situated on the east bank of the Mississippi River, the building is the oldest home in Plaquemines Parish. Although the early history of the location is uncertain, according to one architectural historian, a house was built on the site in about 1795, enlarged in the 1820s, and went through a number of owners. Eric Knobloch, a Tulane University botanist, and his wife bought the property in 1946, restored it, and opened it for tours. After their deaths, their heirs sold the house in 2003. It was put up for auction in 2012 and on 10 March sold for $770,000.