The site consists of the ruins of the Denis de La Ronde House and the notable alley of live oaks, popularly known as the Pakenham Oaks. The television piece was produced by the St. Bernard Parish Government Access Channel and has been aired on Channel 76 and Channel 99 on U-Verse since January 2019.
St. Bernard Parish Council members Wanda Alcon and Gillis McCloskey organized the St. Bernard C.H.A.I.R. Committee in 2018 whose membership consists of council members Alcon and McCloskey, St. Bernard Parish School Board coordinator of Drug Free Schools and Cultural Arts Charles R. Cassar, School Board director of St. Bernard PEN Barry A. Lemoine, Nunez Community College professor Ron Chapman, St. Bernard Parish Government’s Government Access Channel manager Rachel Sigur and St. Bernard Parish Government’s parish historian William de Marigny Hyland. The committee selected the Denis de La Ronde Historic Site as the first subject in a series dedicated to exploring the history of St. Bernard Parish entitled Celebrating Our History. Script development began in September 2018 and filming was completed in December 2018.
The Denis de La Ronde Historic Site was donated to St. Bernard Parish in 1986 and 1989 by the New Orleans Terminal Company. The tract consisted of a little less than seven acres, including the alley of mature live oaks and the ruins of the home of Pierre Denis de La Ronde, the last structural remnant directly associated with the Battle of New Orleans standing atop the extended battlefield. The documentary short discusses the history of the site, its role in the Battle of New Orleans and recent to efforts to stabilize and preserve the ruins and grand oak alley.
The script was researched and written by William Hyland, reviewed by the committee and edited by Barry Lemoine. Images were selected by Rachel Sigur, who edited the episode. Leo Murphy, also with the Government Access Channel, filmed all footage in the New Orleans area and Baton Rouge. Interviews were given by a panel of individuals involved in the stabilization efforts or conversant with the history of the site.
The documentary short was submitted to The Telly Awards to be considered for an award in the general history category during its 40th anniversary year. Awards are designated as gold, silver and bronze. There were two gold winners, three silver winners and 17 bronze winners. More than 12,000 entries were received from all 50 states and five continents.