Historic Places in Louisiana
These historic sites and attractions located around Louisiana offer a glimpse in to the past as you travel back in time.
Louisiana State Museum
There are a total of nine museums throughout the state in the Louisiana State Museum collection, but visitors to New Orleans should include the French Quarter Five to their list which includes The Cabildo, The Presbytere, 1850 House, Madame John's Legacy and the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint. These National Historic Landmarks are home to thousands of artefacts and art work that reflect Louisiana's historic and cultural legacy.
Visit Preservation Hall in New Orleans and listen to the sounds of traditional jazz played within the walls of the 1750s French Quarter building. Both veteran and younger musicians play at the hall continuing the effort to preserve and maintain the sounds of traditional jazz. Evening music begins at 8pm and admission is $15 p/person.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is an unusual museum located in the Vieux Carre Historic District. The historic building houses an extensive collection of pharmaceutical items from a time when pharmacists compounded their own medicines without the structure or knowledge of modern medicine. From showcasing the history of America’s first licensed pharmacist, Louis J Dufilho Jr, to antique surgical instruments, hand blown apothecary jars filled with crude medicines, to perfumes and cosmetics, the museum preserves the history of pharmacy and healthcare in Louisiana.
St. Charles Streetcar Line
Take a ride on New Orleans’ oldest electric streetcar line. This route covers seven miles of the city with the majority of the track running in the centre on St. Charles Avenue. Riding the historic streetcar line shows off the gorgeous historic homes and buildings, and tree lined streets from the Garden District to Tulane and Loyola Universities. It is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world and has been in operation since 1835.
Take a tour of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow where each visitor is thought of as a guest. The tours are kept small to small groups to properly display the beauty and intricacies of the plantation, originally named ‘The Sugar Palace’ during its antebellum days. Browse the gardens and enjoy an afternoon refreshment at the restaurant or Turtle Bar. Interesting fact - it was named after the native Houma people who originally occupied this area of Louisiana.
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Pow Wow
Throughout the year in Marksville the Native American traditions that began more than 20,000 years ago and the culture of the Tunica-Biloxi tribe come to life with Pow Wow events. Tribal members are dressed in full regalia to dance and sing to the beat of drums, while crafts and Native American foods are also featured.
Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
If you are in Monroe you must visit the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens to travel back in time to the early 20th century and home of Joseph A Biedenharn - the first bottler of Coca-Cola. Tour the museum, house and beautiful gardens, which offers a large collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia including a replica soda fountain with a genuine soda jerk retelling the Biedenharn story.
Vermilionville Living History Museum
Vermilionville Living History Museum in Lafayette is a picturesque representation of a late 1700s-1800s village re-enacting how Acadians and Creoles created a new life in the Attakapas Region of the new Louisiana territory. The museum is across 23 acres filled with costumed artisans and musicians acting out the chores and activities of their daily lives.
Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol is a 160-year-old National Historic Landmark located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge. A preserved treasure of architecture this Gothic Revival structure has withstood war, fire, scandal and bitter debates. In 1990 the building went under a major restoration project and is now the Museum of Political History. You can book a tour, visit The Ghost in The Castle theatrical presentation or just wander the museum for free.
Frogmore Cotton Plantation and Gins
Head to the Frogmore Cotton Plantation and Gins in Ferriday to discover how the cotton industry has developed since the 1700s and the modern processes found today. Explore the deep history of slavery, slave customs, secret music and the relationships with the plantation masters. Frogmore is a must see site with various tour options that take you through the cotton gin evolution, walks you through authentically furnished slave quarters, you can view a rare steam gin plus other plantation dependencies. And don't miss the Delta Music Tour which chronicles the history of the area via the authentic music that was played throughout the Delta.
Charpentier District, Lake Charles
The Charpentier Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and covers more than 40 blocks of turn-of-the-century buildings of mixed styles with turrets, towers, gables, shingling, leaded glass and gingerbread accents on the porches and railings. The Charpentier (French for “carpenter”) District stands in homage to the carpenter architects who freely designed as they built, creating a unique Lake Charles style.
Natchitoches, (Nack-a-tish) the original French colony in Louisiana, is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Established in 1714, Natchitoches retains its European flavour through its architecture, heritage and lifestyle. Natchitoches is also well known for the filming of the movie Steel Magnolias.
No Man's Land, Louisiana's Final Frontier
The Neutral Strip region, (a.k.a. No Man's Land) draws its name from the area's brief stint as an official buffer zone between Spain and the United States following the Louisiana Purchase. When the United States purchased the territory from France, Spain and the U.S. were in conflict over the boundary south of Natchitoches. In part, this confusion derived from the region's long history, even before Spanish rule during the 1790s and 1800s, as a contested area with unclear boundaries. This is the place where the pirate met the cowboy, and where Native Americans, French, Spanish, Africans, Creoles, Cajuns, and American pioneers from the South and West met to build communities and a culture like no other.
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Paddle the Mississippi with the mighty Quapaw
True adventure awaits on the Mississippi River, one of the last great wildernesses in the United States. At first, the fast-flowing waterway with its tricky currents, mile-long river barges and unfriendly underwater life can be daunting, but you’re in the best of hands with the Quapaw Canoe Company.
Based in Clarksdale, Vicksburg and Helena (Arkansas) these experienced river masters know the Mississippi like no other. With them on board of one of their handmade canoes or at the back of a kayak convoy, you’ll be navigating Ol’ Man River like a pro in minutes, including all of its backwaters, bayous and so-called blue holes - pristine swimming holes along the banks that move constantly and make every trip unique.
Quapaw has successfully guided over 10,000 people on the river. All expeditions are outfitted with first-aid kits, rescue ropes, life preservers, cellular communication, top-notch life jackets and VHF marine radio. Its guides stringently practice safe canoeing and are knowledgeable in all aspects of wilderness survival and canoe rescue. In other words: it’s safer than taking a bath at home.
Quapaw have also been featured on the BBC as the guides for their Earth’s Great Rivers series. Click here to watch again.
The most popular river offerings are Montezuma to Quapaw (day trip or overnight), The Muddy Waters Wilderness (2-7 days), Shelby Forest to Mud Island (day trip or overnight), the Chickasaw Bluffs (2-5 days) and Vicksburg to Natchez (2-5 days) with all picnicking and camping on remote mid-channel river islands. The range includes almost 1,000 miles of river, so there are many choices of river sections and beautiful places to paddle.
If that’s not enough to get you on board, it’s also good to know that Quapaw runs its own Apprenticeship Program for the youth of the Mississippi Delta. For several years now, these youngster learn just about everything there’s to know about the river, boating, responsibility and business – which turns out to be a life’s calling for some, but a stellar opportunity for all.
The rules at Quapaw: respect yourselves, respect others and respect the River.
More information at Quapaw Canoe Company: http://www.island63.com
Tunica is the perfect mix of excitement and Southern charm. Seven casino resorts rise above fields of cotton and soybeans. Experience a big win, Blues history and down-home cooking all in one place! Tunica is the Gateway to the Blues and the Delta and is a must-see when you cross the Mississippi state line.
Begin your Mississippi Delta tour at the Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitor Center located on Blues Highway 61 and housed in an original 1895 train depot. It is the perfect start for your journey into the unique blues music heritage of the Delta. The gift shop offers specialty, Delta blues and Mississippi Delta items and is a one-of-a-kind venue.
The Mississippi Blues Trails starts in Tunica and features six markers on Blues stories like Son House and James Cotton. For live music, experience red-hot headliners in premier casino venues or live music from local bands at a stage bar.
Live it up at one of Tunica’s eight world-class casino resorts featuring slots, table games and now Sports Betting. Or tee off at one of two 18-hole golf courses, Tunica National Golf & Tennis or River Bend Links.
Savour Southern favourites like fried green tomatoes and catfish at the Home of the Fried Dill Pickle, Hollywood Café, made famous in the song “Walking in Memphis”.
Tunica RiverPark allows visitors a chance to explore and better understand the history of America's Greatest River. Tunica RiverPark includes a large historic museum and interpretive center, complete with aquariums, interactive exhibits and dioramas that reveal the legends of the past. The 168-acre Tunica RiverPark includes nature trails, outdoor exhibits, an observation deck and veranda offering spectacular views of the Mississippi River.
Enjoy a country-style breakfast at Highway 61’s Blue & White Restaurant opened in 1937 inside an old Pure Oil gas station. Taste the legendary “biscuits” or grab a box of donuts for the road.
Win A Pair of Tickets to see the Blind Boys of Alabama this July!
We have a pair of tickets to give away to see the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Barbican Centre in London on Saturday 13th July as they collaborate with Amadou & Mariam. Bringing American Gospel back to its African source, the two artists draw threads between contemporary Afro pop and the gospel music which grew out of the same West African roots.
The Blind Boys of Alabama first formed as children in 1930s America, celebrating the gospel music they grew up with and showing that ’disability doesn’t have to be a handicap’. They are now recognised worldwide for their contribution to the genre and are winners of five Grammy awards.
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About the Blind Boys of Alabama:
In the seven decades since the Blind Boys of Alabama first began singing together, America has witnessed a World War, the civil rights movement and the Summer of Love; the moon landing, Vietnam and the fall of the Berlin Wall; JFK, MLK, and Malcolm X; the invention of the jukebox, the atomic bomb and the internet. Through it all, the Blind Boys' music has not only endured, but thrived, helping both to define the sound of the American south and to push it forward through the 20th century and well on into the 21st. Praised by NPR as "pioneers," the group has transcended barriers of race and genre to become one of the most acclaimed and celebrated groups in modern music. From the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, where the original members met as children, all the way to The White House - where they've performed for three different presidents - the band's story is, in many ways, America's story, and that story is at the heart of their emotional new album, 'Almost Home.'
Recorded over four different sessions helmed by four different GRAMMY-winning producers in four different cities, 'Almost Home' recounts the band's remarkable journey, primarily through original songs written for them by an outstanding collection of artists including Valerie June, the North Mississippi Allstars, Phil Cook, John Leventhal, Marc Cohn, and Ruthie Foster among others. The record is the band's first in three years, following on the heels of 2014's 'Talkin' Christmas!' with Taj Mahal and their 2013 collaboration with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, 'I'll Find A Way,' and it sees them picking up right where they left off, blending the sacred and secular, the traditional and innovative, the past and present.
New Orleans Cocktail Walking Tour
Take a walk through the French Quarter's bars and restaurants to discover the famous 'spirits' of New Orleans.
From America's first cocktail - the Sazerac - to the Pimm's Cup, the Ramos Gin Fizz and Absinthe you will enjoy a completely different view of New Orleans through the history of fine dining and drinking. You'll be entertained with classic stories of the cocktail concoctions which have been made famous in the city plus all the characters that brought them to life.
You must be 21-years of age or older to take this tour where you'll be offered a complimentary Natchez Jazz Punch - with additional drinks available to purchase along the route - and some Mardi Gras souvenir beads to bring home.
If you fancy sampling a typical New Orleans cocktail from the comfort of your home try our Vieux Carré recipe. This is the signature cocktail of the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans where Tales of the Cocktail was held. The Vieux Carré was created in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, who was then the head bartender, and the name comes from the French name for the Old Quarter.
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For further information on the cocktail walking tour email Louisiana@deep-south-usa.com.