Named after Dr. Louis “Doc” Meraux, Docville is a historic property that stretches from the Mississippi River to Lake Borgne. Today, the Foundation has designated over 130 acres of Docville as an educational learning center that hosts art series, workshops, and a number of community events, such as LSU’s AgMagic on the River.
The Docville Farm campus features the Main House, a turn-of-the-century structure the Foundation resurrected after the hurricanes of 2005; the Dave Thompson Event Barn; the Arlene Meraux River Observation Center (AMROC); working stables with livestock; and educational installations, including sugar cane and citrus crops, a live crawfish pond, and an augmented reality sandbox.
The Arlene Meraux River Observation Center, “AMROC,” was dedicated in 2014 to honor the legacy of Arlene Meraux. AMROC serves as a community space and learning center. In addition to a meeting room and large classroom dedicated to community education, workshops, and projects, the building features a fifth-floor observation deck overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. The ground floor provides even more event space on the Docville Farm campus.
In 2015, the Foundation dedicated the Dave Thompson Event Barn in honor of Mr. Thompson’s 65 years of service to the Meraux family and the community. The 19th century barn’s structure was originally located at the French Market in New Orleans, and it was moved and reconstructed on Docville by Anita Meraux in the late 1940s. Today, the Meraux Foundation hosts many community events in the barn.
In 2018, the Foundation added a greenhouse to the Docville Farm campus to raise the plants needed for its coastal restoration programs. In addition to raising plants, the greenhouse serves as a learning resource for K-12 students throughout the year. It has become a highlight of AgMagic on the River, an annual event the Meraux Foundation hosts to link Louisiana’s agriculture and environment with people’s everyday lives.
While Docville is not open to the public at all times, anyone interested in hosting a community event is welcomed make a request using the contact form. You can learn about upcoming Docville events on our events calendar. Please note that because Docville was established to serve the community for charitable purposes, private events, like weddings, and photo shoots are not allowed.
Docville is located at 5128 E. St. Bernard Hwy., Violet, La 70092.