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Things to do in Louisiana

  • Louisiana State Museum Louisiana State Museum New Orleans, Louisiana
    The Louisiana State Museum was started in 1906, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and contains a complex of National Historic Landmarks that hold thousands of artifacts and relics that showcase the state's legacy of historic events and cultural diverseness. The museum has 5 properties in the historic French Quarter; the Old U.S. Mint, the Cabildo, Madame John's Legacy, the Presbytere and the 1850 house. Other sites within the state included in the museum's system are; the Old Courthouse Museum in Natchitoches, E.D. White Historic Site in Thibodaux, the Louisiana State Museum - Patterson, Louisiana and the Louisiana State Museum - Baton Rouge. It is the city's most important heritage attraction, and continually brings in wonderful exhibitions to augment it marvelous collections. There collections are divided into 5 sections; the historical center, visual arts, science and technology, jazz and costumes and textiles. The visual arts collection is broken down even further into three categories that include; photography that holds 43,000 items that include daguerreotypes, 20th century photography, hand colored or enhanced photographs, ambrotypes, glass plate negatives, vintage album prints, 16 mm films, tintypes and salt paper prints; works of art on paper contains 14,000 works that include posters, original sketches, commercial prints, newspaper illustrations, watercolors, works of fine art, pastels, silhouettes and postcards; and paintings of 2000 plus that include miniatures and paintings. In the paintings collection, these range from the 1780s up to the 1890s and include; Jose Salazar, Charles Colson, Matthew Harris Jouett, William Rumpler, Edmund Brewster, L. Sotta, Louis Antoine Collas, Henry Byrd and Francois Fleischbein. Also they have two of the four signed paintings by the freeman Julian Hudson that includes his self portrait, and the biggest collection of paintings by French portraitists Jacques Amans and Jean Joseph Vaudechamp. Other well known artist include John Genin, Alexandre Alaux, Paul Poincy, Andres Molinary and George David Coulon. In the works of art on paper collection, there are lithographs by Jules Lion, etchings by Bror A. Wikstrom, Knute Heldner and Morris Henry Hobbs; as well as antebellum estate paintings by Adrien Persac during the 1850s, nature watercolors by Achille Perelli and George David Coulon, the 1940s watercolors by Charles Reinike and Sadie Irvine. The long list of great photographers will keep you busy for hours, and include many family albums that were photographed in the earliest times.  The other sections and collections are equally represented with great artisans and artifacts, all arranged in this excellent museum that will show you through visuals the wonderful history of the state and its people. It is a long and honorable journey that can only be done in person, so when traveling to the city and state, this would definitely bring you up-to-date with how this great state evolved into the magnificent one it has become today.

  • St. Louis CathedralSt. Louis Cathedral New Orleans, Louisiana
    The Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana is also known as the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, and is the oldest operating church in the nation. The first church was constructed here in 1718, and the third church was constructed in 1789; finally being raised to a cathedral in 1793. Located in the famous French Quarter, on the Place John Paul II, one of the promenaded areas in the Charles Street area. The cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and has continued to sit on the same site as the very first church, although the cathedral was enlarged during its renovation stage in 1850. Facing the Mississippi River, in the center of the city, it has become one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. Quite often it is used for political speeches and newscasts, and sits between the historical buildings of the Cabildo and Presbytere. The Cabildo used to house the colonial government for the city and although burned down in the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788, it was later rebuilt in 1795 through 1799 and housed the Spanish municipal government in New Orleans. It was also the site where the historical and monumentally important Louisiana Purchase was finished in 1803. The Presbytere is equally important in the history of the city, it was constructed to house the Capuchin monks, although it was never used that way; instead was used by the state's Supreme Court in 1834.  When Katrina came ashore, the French Quarter wasn't hit as bad as other parts of the city, although there were two oak trees blown down by the hurricane, behind the cathedral, dislodging 30 feet of ornamental gate and a nearby statue of Jesus lost a forefinger and thumb. This incredible result has given the locals a chance to claim that Jesus sacrificed two fingers flicking the storm away from the city and not letting it be destroyed more severely. The hurricane was a category 5 on its way into the coastline of Louisiana, and just before hitting land, it went down to a category 3, as well as turning just a bit northerly. The worst effect of the storm was to the roof, which opened a hole and allowed water to pour into it. Unfortunately, the Holtkamp pipe organ was under that and it was terribly damaged, but not destroyed.

  • French Quarter
    The French Quarter, also called the Vieux Carre, is the oldest and most well known neighborhood in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, part of the area that was started by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Beinville, Vieux Carre meaning old square in French. The district was made a National Historic Landmark, and has several historical buildings and wasn't hit as hard as the other areas of the city when Katrina came ashore. The quarter is 3 feet above sea level, and has a total of .66 square miles, .049 square miles of which is land, and .17 square miles is water. In terms of blocks of the city, it contains 78, although the National Historic Landmark states it as being 85 square blocks. Most of the buildings were in the city before it became part of the United States, with numerous 19th and 20th century buildings located here as well. The majority of the older buildings were constructed during the Spanish rule, with the Great Fire in 1788 and another in 1794 destroying most of the French colonial architecture; which allowed the colony's Spanish conquerors to build it in a more modern style of architecture, with the strictest of fire codes included. Quite some time after the nation purchased the territory of Louisiana, descendants of the French and Spanish colonists stayed in this part of the city, and the French language was spoken by the majority up until the 1920s. The newcomers from America started moving here and built upriver, across from Canal Street, with it becoming the meeting place of both Anglophone Americans and francophone creoles. During the last part of the 19th century, the area began to become run down and Italian and Irish immigrants moved into the area because it was cheaper to do so. And in the early 20th century, the cheap rents and unique air of decay and age enticed the bohemian and artistic communities. It was made a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

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  • Alexander Mouton HouseAlexander Mouton House Lafayette, Louisiana
    The Alexander Mouton House sits in the center of Lafayette, Louisiana, which had been built by his father, Jean Mouton, in the early 1800s. The beautiful home was part of a large plantation that existed before Lafayette was founded, although his father was a founder of the village of Vermilionville, which later became Lafayette. Alexander was born in Attakapas district, which is now known as Lafayette parish, into a rich plantation Acadian family. Acadians originally came from the northern areas of this country, and parts of Canada, known as Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, plus some areas of Maine, which today has a national park named after that. Alexander studied law and became a lawyer in 1825, after graduating from Georgetown University. He went into practice in the parish and married Zelia Rousseau, granddaughter of Governor Jacques Dupre, 8th governor of the territory. They had 13 children before Zelia passed on, and then married Emma Kitchell Gardner, and having 6 children with her. He became a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, becoming the speaker in 1831 until 1832, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the presidential election in 1830. Mouton was a democrat, and after filling the vacated seat left by the resignation of Alexander Porter, was elected for another term. In 1843, he became governor of the state, until 1846, and was president of the state's succession convention in 1861. He passed on in 1885, and is interred at the St. John's Cemetery.

  •  LSU Rural Life Museum
    The museum, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is on the Burden Plantation site, a 40 acre agricultural research experiment farm. The state has a rich and diverse cultural ancestry, with natives from France, Spain, Acadia, Anglo American, Native Americans, Germany and Africa. The museum honors the contributions of these many groups by interpretive events and programs held throughout the year, and has been separated in three departments; the barn, which holds many relics from the 19th century that were used by these people in the common life traditions in the rural areas of the state, which contains a big collection of farming equipment, utensils, furnishings and tools; the Louisiana Folk Architecture exhibits and the working plantation. The plantation has been structured so that the 19th century lifestyles could be shown with authentic furnishings and daily activities. This marvelous compound includes a schoolhouse, commissary, slave cabins, overseer's house, sugar house, kitchen, grist mill, sick house and blacksmith shop. The architecture exhibits are an Acadian house, country church, dogtrot house, pioneer's cabin, shotgun house and Carolina cabin. There is a magnificent garden area called Windrush gardens and also a great gift shop for memorabilia of that period.

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Local Restaurants in Louisiana
  • Commander's Palace Restaurant
    Soups and salads; turtle soup is commander's classic spiked with sherry; honey glazed satsuma salad with local citrus, Christmas lettuce, winter greens with roasted pecans, goat cheese, Grand Marnier & blood orange vinaigrette; gumbo du jour is rich stock slow cooked with fresh regional ingredients; commander's salad with hearts of romaine, parmesan, pressed eggs, house made bacon, French bread croutons, grated gruyere & creamy black pepper dressing. Appetizers; mushroom bacon & gnocchi is sauté of smoky winter mushrooms & hand rolled Creole cream cheese gnocchi with toasted garlic, shallots, brandy & white truffle butter; foie gras du monde is bourbon braised peach & foie gras beignets with foie gras cafe au lait, roasted pecans, warm cane syrup & chicory coffee mist; oyster & absinthe dome is plump oysters poached with bacon, artichokes, absinthe & splash of double cream, under pastry shell; shrimp & tasso henican is Louisiana wild white shrimp, Crystal hot sauce, pickled okra & 5 pepper jelly; cracklin crusted veal sweetbreads is house made bacon & sugarcane choucroute with BBQ onions, pickled pears & apple brandy jus. Entrees; pecan encrusted gulf fish is champagne poached jumbo lump crab, crushed corn sauce & spiced pecans; black skillet seared wild fish is hearty selection of winter veggies with char grilled Meyer lemons, ripped herbs & brown butter vinaigrette; sliced rack of Colorado lamb is chargrilled & Creole mustard crusted over crushed red potatoes, salty lemons, cranberry jam & smoky lamb jus roti; veal chop tchoupitoulas is 14 ounce center cut chop of milk fed veal with goat cheese stone ground grits, baby carrots & French beans, bruleed late harvest tomatoes & commander's classic green peppercorn demi-glace; black angus filet mignon is chargrilled filet of Harris Ranch beef with French potato puree, smoked mushrooms, Vidalia onions & garlic-thyme jus.

  • Mother's Restaurant
    Mother's Regulars; seafood gumbo, Mae's filo gumbo, Jerry's jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, shrimp Creole, red beans & rice, red beans & rice with meat & veggies, half fried chicken, quarter fried chicken, combo platter. Seafood; seafood platter is shrimp, oysters & catfish, FF or potato salad & veggie; seafood platter with etouffee & jambalaya; seafood platter with soft shell crab; soft shell crab platter with lemon butter sauce, FF or potato salad & veggies; calamari plate, fried or grilled, with choice of two sides; fried oyster plate with choice of two sides; shrimp plate fried of grilled, with choice of two sides; fish plate fried or grilled with choice of two sides. Daily Specials; corned beef & cabbage with choice of veggie or potato salad; corned beef po boy; split pea soup; baked spaghetti pie with choice of veggies or potato salad; white bean soup special; turtle soup; fried chicken lunch with dirty rice & veggie or potato salad.

Black Skillet Wild Fish Commander's Palace New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Sliced Colorado Rack of Lamb Commander's Palace New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Black Angus Filet Mignon Commander's Palace New Orleans, Louisiana

 Deep Fried Shrimp Plate Mother's Restaurant New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Seafood Platter with Etouffee & Jambalaya Mother's Restaurant New Orleans, Louisiana 

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  • Beauregard-Keyes House Beauregard-Keyes House New Orleans, Louisiana
    The Beauregard-Keyes house was constructed in 1826, for rich auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier, and is an excellent example of a raised center hall house; named after two of its former tenants, Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant, known as P.G.T, Beauregard and writer Francis Parkinson Keyes. Beauregard lived in the house when he had become president of the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad in 1866, and left in 1868. Mrs. Keyes used the house for her winter residence over 25 years, and it was here that she wrote many of her books; that included, Dinner at Antoine's, Madame Castel's Lodger, Blue Camellia and the Chess Players. The house contains twin curved staircases, that lead to a Tuscan portico, a big parlor, ballroom, rectangular dining room that leads to the porch and many other splendid details. One of the rooms has been set aside as the Beauregard Chamber, with all original furnishings that the general and his family would use. There is a brick lined garden area, that is presently taken care of by the Garden Study Club of New Orleans and it contains a beautiful cast iron fountain and many boxwood hedges. The garden has been restored to the original way it was in 1865. Other interesting items include Mrs. Keyes collections of over 200 antique dolls and 87 tea pots. Her marvelous collection of fans and wonderful folk costumes are displayed as well. There is a great gift shop on the property that sells her books, and while the house isn't handicapped accessible, the garden area is.  It is one of the most well known historical houses in the city and the property was originally owned by the nuns. Quite often, fans of the famous chess player, Paul Morphy, LeCarpentier's grandson come here to view his former residence, and the Chess Players book that was written by Mrs. Keyes is a fictionalized story about him. Beauregard had been a West Point graduate, and the first one to become a Confederate general, having been born in Louisiana. He was in command of the Confederate troops that bombed Fort Sumter, South Carolina, thus starting the Civil War, won the first Battle of Bull Run, defended Charleston, South Carolina at the start of the war, commanded the armies that fought at the Battle of Shiloh and the Siege of Corinth; as well as defending the city of Petersburg, Virginia and the capital of Richmond from a much larger Union army. 

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park
    This historical park is found in the Cane River National Heritage Area in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, and the US national historical park protects 67 marvelous historical buildings at two locations, Oakland Plantation and Magnolia Plantation. These both are built alongside the Cane River and the park was started in 1994, so that both French and Creole architecture could be saved for future generations, as well as the education of the multi-cultural heritage of the region. Since the renovation and protection of these historical structures continue to progress, the services that are available are limited, although there are tours to the Oakland Plantation, however, the Magnolia Plantation visits must be secured by prior reservations. As these are important sites, the park has become one of the attractions on the state's Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. As you visit the plantations, you can see the magnificent work and skill that was needed to make the hand-wrought door hinges, or the ingenious way that the wooden gates were made and operated. The tenant houses, blacksmith shops, pigeonniers and carpenter shops will certainly interest you, with their hand hewn cypress beams and boards, the old bousillage walls and the still standing fencerows. You can just imagine those past days when you would awake before the sun rose and start your daily routine that was always hard and difficult, without any electricity or electrical power tools, many that use only batteries today. The Cane River slowly wanders through the forests and fields, being useful for food sources, traveling, transporting goods to and from your home, and many times, entertainment for the entire family. The plantations are full of oak and pecan trees, which themselves are full of Spanish moss that hangs in clumps and clusters, grey-green and musty. The people here were what was called, Creole, but in Portuguese, it means native to this place, and in the 18th century, Creole was used for the many ethnic groups that had come here to settle this wild land from many other areas. When Louisiana became a state, the term was used for the people that lived here, versus those that came here; and today, it is used for those people that have a mixture of French, Spanish and African, with Native American thrown in for good measure. This unique and wonderful mix has influenced the architecture, food, language and religious practices of the people living here. A different place, from the other southern states, although many of the traditions are similar, but a place where you have to travel to to gain some understanding and appreciation of this great state.

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  • Lalaurie MansionLalaurie Mansion New Orleans, Louisiana
    One of the most unique homes in the state is the castle in The Lalaurie Mansion, a house haunted by its past, and by the ghosts that still wander the rooms and halls, looking for justice and a release from this horrible place. This house has one of the most haunting stories of any in the city or the French Quarter, telling a tale of 150 years of brutality, horrific and gruesome as any story ever told. Some say, this is the most haunted house in the quarter, or the city, or even the nation, because over 100 slaves were grotesquely murdered, mutilated and massacred by the Lalaurie generations; depraved and more than insane, since they put on such a fabulous and exciting front to the city that became their hunting grounds and butcher shop. The horrible story begins way back in 1832, when Dr. Louis Lalaurie and his wife, Delphine, moved into this Creole mansion in the French Quarter and soon were well known for their elaborate social affairs. Respected for their money, importance and statue, Madame Lalaurie was soon the most influential woman in the city, taking care of the business affairs of the family, being very stylish and raising her daughters. They became the best attired young females in the city and those that considered themselves fortunate enough to be invited to one of the galas were surprised and awed by the furnishings found there. This three story mansion, not very spectacular on the outside as you can see by the photo to the right, did have some interesting iron work, but it was the interior that astounded the visitors coming here. The mansion was attired itself in grandeur with mahogany hand carved doors, with human faces and flowers, that opened up into beautiful parlors, lit by hundreds of candles in huge chandeliers. European china to dine on and oriental fabrics and rugs that were used for dancing and sitting; imported from Asia at immense expense. The Madame was thought to be the most beautiful and intelligent woman in the quarter and was always the center of conservation by all. Those guests were lavished with all of Delpnine's attention, pampered and spoiled by the intensity of it all. However, this was the public Delphine, the exterior facade that was impressed and adored by all; not the cold-blooded, cruel woman she really was, suspected by a few, and known by some. The house's adornments were taken care of by dozens of slaves, and the woman of the house was more than harmful to these slaves. Her cook was actually chained to the fireplace so that she could cook the fantastic meals that delighted her guests, and other servants treated even worse. In that period, slaves were not considered human, but rather animals, like cattle or dogs or even less. Personal property to be used and abused at the whim of their owners. Soon stories by their neighbors began to float around the quarter, slave maids that were gone one day and replaced the next, stable boys that just seem to disappear, never to be seen again. The whispers seemed to grow. Finally, a neighbor was entering her house when she heard a scream and saw Delphine chasing her personal slave girl with a whip. The young girl was so distraught that she ran out onto the roof and jumped to her death. Later that day, there appeared a shallow grave out under the cypress trees in the back yard. There was a law in the city about the cruel and unreasonable treatment of slaves, and after the neighbor told the authorities, they came and took the slaves away, selling them at an auction. Unknown to many was the fact that Delphine had talked her relatives into buying them and then selling them back to her secretly. The stories grew, as the amount of guests and visitors declined, until the family was politely avoided by the rest of the Creole society. Until April of 1834, when everything went crazy. A fire broke out in the kitchen, many thought by the cook who was chained there and couldn't stand the pain and suffering she endured from her torture, but the blaze swept through the house. When the fire had been put out, the firemen uncovered a hideous secret that was hid behind a barred door into the attic. There were over a dozen slave s chained to the wall, in a most horrendous condition, both female and male, a few strapped to homemade operating tables, others kept locked in dog cages; and most disgusting of all, the human body parts that lay all around the huge room. Heads, organs, bloody masses, some in buckets, grotesque souvenirs stacked on shelves; next to a collection of whips, paddles and other torturous devices. It was the most incredible sight that anyone in the city had even seen, heard of or dreamed about. The New Orleans Bee, a local newspaper, stated that all the victims were naked, those not strapped to tables were chained to the wall, with some women's stomachs cut open and the entrails wrapped around their wrists. One poor creature, a woman had her mouth full of animal excrement, and her lips were sewn together. The male slaves were even in more horrible condition, with fingernails ripped off, eyes poked out and their privates butchered off. The tortures were such that death was slow and long; and most emphatically painful. One man had a stick stuck into a hole that had been drilled into his head so that his brains could be stirred around. Others were in even more despicable condition, so bad that it would be pointless in writing anymore terrible disgusting things about it. Needless to say that it was the most unbelievable torture chamber that ever has been heard of in this country in that day and age. Citizens of the city came to the house with lynching ropes, but a carriage came racing out of the gates and went through the crowd without a problem. The Lalaurie family was gone, no one would ever hear about them again, which was fine with all those that had known them. Nothing was ever written or said about the family again, although there have been many theories. But as soon as the carriage was gone, the haunting and ghostly apparitions began. The story has more to say, about the screams and apparitions, the vagrants that went in to get out of the cold or rain, never to be seen or heard of again. The house fell into disrepair, and after the Civil War, it was turned into a high school for girls of the lower district; but in 1874, the White League forced the black girls to leave and some time later, a segregationist school board made it for black girls only. That was only for a year. In 1882, an English teacher made it into a school of music and dancing, and it became a social center for the city's society again. Then something happened, was said and accusations against the teacher, just when a grand social affair was about to happen, students and guests stopped coming there and it closed the next day. More stories were added to this one, as the years went by, and the house enticed buyers until it horrible secrets came to life. If you dare, it is a place that might be interesting to some, but to many, a place to keep far away from.

  • Cajun Country Swamp Tour
    The Louisiana swamp tour in Cajun Country is one of those fantastic rides that you have to take to get a feel of the swamps that lie in the heart of the state. While there are numerous companies that will take you there, only a few will give you a wonderful experience. This tour is located just half a dozen miles from Interstate 10, off exit 109, and 15 minutes down the road a piece. Here in a surreal cypress swamp, you will cross the historical Bayou Teche and go through the little Cajun village of Breaux Bridge. Your guide is an experienced commercial fisherman, native to the swamps, and an outdoorsman who loves nature and has degrees in botany and zoology. The swamp area is around Cypress Island/Lake Martin Swamp and is well known for its magnificent scenery and wildlife. Here you will thrill to see alligators, herons, egrets, bayous and ancient cypress trees standing deep in the waters with their Spanish moss hanging down in great clumps. This is why you came here, the real swamps of the south, where you can smell, feel and see the difference, and experience the wonders of nature. The boat that takes you is an open Cajun crawfish skiff, small enough to get into the center of the swamp, but big enough to give 15 people an exciting and memorable ride. The boat is powered by an environmentally friendly and quiet 4 stroke engine and all the tours are ecotours.

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  • Audubon ZooAudubon Zoo New Orleans, Louisiana
    The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the Audubon Nature Institutes that also manages the Aquariums of America; and is spred across 58 acres of marvelous landscapes that are home to over 2000 animals. It is in the uptown area of the city, by the Mississippi River. The zoo and park were named after naturalist and artist, John James Audubon, who came to New Orleans to live in 1821. The wonderful exhibits include orangutans, gorillas, two rare white tigers and rare white, alligators; as well as a Louisiana Swamp exhibit. There have been animal displays on and near the site since the World Cotton Centennial Exhibition 1884 World's Fair, but the real beginning was in the early 20th century. Beginning in 1914, there has always been a flight cage and when the boom of the early 1920s came, there were numerous additions made. These included the sea lion pool with its neo-classical columns that were put up in 1928, and still stand there today, and the art nouveau structures that became the reptile house. In the Great Depression, the WPA began a $400,000 expansion with new cages built, along with an artificial hill called "Monkey Hill", so that the children of the city could see and understand what a hill was. Some consider it to be the highest hill in the city, but so does another artificial hill in City Park. In the 1970s, the zoo had fallen into a state of disrepair, and the tiny prison like brick and steel cages that had been built by the WPA weren't considered to be good environments for the animals being held in them. The city had a study done and they felt that unless funds could be acquired to restore it, the zoo should be taken down. Suddenly, everyone, the city government, businesses and citizens came to the aid of the zoo, and in 1975, funds were approved to renovate the zoo and bring it back up to par. The land space was increased from 14 to 50 acres, and by the 1980s, the zoo was on its way to becoming one of the best in the country. Many improvements and additions went on into the 21st century, and it began to draw crowds not only from within the city, but those from around the nation, as well as many from other countries. An alligator nest was found in 1987, with 18 newly hatched alligators, all with white hides, a phenomenal natural mutation that is called leucism, which means they are not albinos, and these gators brought a lot of attention to the zoo when they were exhibited, and soon were a symbol of it. The monkey hill, and favorite of the newest generation of children in the city, went through a large and extensive restoration in this century, that had a waterfall installed in it so that the younger kids could play in it, also a rope web going to the top, and a 20 foot safari outpost at the base.  During the hurricane of Katrina, many of the zoo's staff was able to find shelter in the reptile house, since it had been constructed to withstand a major hurricane, and since the zoo itself was built on an old natural river levee, it didn't get flooded like the other 80% of the city. Three animals died, and many trees were downed, with a big food shortage, and many pumps that were beginning to overheat. But it has since been repaired and is back in great shape and ready for all visitors.

  • Destrehan Plantation
    Destrehan Plantation is an antebellum house in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana that was the hub of a thriving slave plantation in the 19th century, producing sugar for exportation. It is also the infamous site of the St. Charles Parish Tribunal, that murdered 18 slaves from took part in the German Coast Uprising in 1811, and is considered the biggest slave revolt in the history of our country; although also considering the conditions of these poor people and the way they were ripped out of their homes and lives, is it really any wonder that an uprising would occur? With the 18 men that were ordered executed by the tribunal, another 77 men were also murdered, 44 more by execution; and only two white men died. The type of execution that occurred was either death by hanging or beheading. Many heads were then put on pikes and shown at the plantations as a means of warning others what would happen. The house, is a wonderful example of a plantation home, that would outlive the oil refinery that was surrounding it. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its architectural beauty and the historical events that happened here. It is one of the oldest houses that were in the Louisiana Purchase, starting construction in 1787, and finishing in 1790. Robin de Logny contracted a freeman, Charles Pacquet to build the house and numerous outbuildings that would help support his indigo plantation. Charles was given 6 slaves to help with the construction and paid, "one brute negro, one calf, one cow, 100 bushels of corn and rice, and $100 cash when finished. The building contract is on file in the parish courthouse in Hahnville, Louisiana, making this the oldest documented home in the lower Mississippi Valley. Then in 1914, the Mexican Petroleum Company purchased the estate and built a refinery. Other owners were the Pan American Southern Company and the American Oil Company that closed it down in 1959.  The next dozen years were hard on the plantation and house especially since a legend appeared that Jean Lafitte, the pirate had hidden his treasure in the house. This brought many despicable treasure hunters that put huge holes in the walls, and stripped the house of its Italian marble mantels, cypress paneling, window panes and Spanish tiles. Luckily, the local sheriff was able to stop the theft of the 1840s iron gates and a 1400 pound marble bathtub that was rumored to have been a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte. American Oil gave the house and 4 acres to the River Road Historical Society, and with its all volunteer help, was able to raise enough money to stop the continuing disrepair and decay, as well as start renovating the house and surrounding landscapes. The plantation is open for tours, depicting the lives and lifestyles of those that lived and worked here, with exhibits of candle-making, indigo dying and open hearth cooking.

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  • Bourbon StreetBourbon Street New Orleans, Louisiana
    Bourbon Street, the Rue Bourbon, famous, infamous, decadent, overindulgent, but also historic as its runs its course through the entire French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. Started in 1718, the growing city would be surrounding the center of the French Quarter, and although it has grown tremendously, the Quarter, as it is known, still is the main attraction and the street/area that is known by the rest of the country and world. Mostly for its Mardi Gras carnival that is held in February. The favorite spot on Bourbon Street is the upper end, which is an 8 block area containing the most popular tourist attractions, with the street itself beginning at Canal Street, going downriver, southwest to northeast some blocks from the Mississippi River and paralleling it, coming to its end at Pauger Street in the Faubourg Marigny. During the 19th century, Pauger was a continuation of Bourbon, which received its famous name from the House of Bourbon, the ruling family in France, that were the occupants of the early city. The street contains numerous bars, t-shirt, souvenir, restaurants and strip clubs, with the majority of these being located on the upper end. The center of the street is the locale for many well known bars, and the area from the intersection of St. Ann street that heads northeast is the area catering to the gay community. The Cafe-Lafitte-in-Exile is the oldest gay bar in the nation and has had a long and quite intriguing history. It was this cafe that hosted the Mardi Gras until the early 1980s. There are residences on the street, from Dumaine to Pauger, with businesses that cater to the locals, including Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith shop that is one of the most popular bars around. The area is fairly quiet in the daytime, but then when the sun goes down, Bourbon Street wakes up and comes alive, especially during the many festivals that are held here. Of course, Mardi Gras is the most favorite, and probably the best, when hundreds of thousands come here to party the whole week.

  • New Orleans Saints
    The New Orleans Saints are one of the professional football teams in the southern division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League. The Saints were an expansion team that started in 1967, playing their home games at Tulane Stadium until the end of the 1974 playing season. It was over 10 years before they could end the season with at least a .500 record, and over twenty years before they had a winning season. Their first real successful years started in 1987 and went until 1992, when they played in the playoffs 4 times, and also had winning years during the non-playoff years. In 2000, they beat the defending Super Bowl Champs, the St. Louis Rams to get their first playoff win. Starting in 1975, the home stadium is the Louisiana Superdome, but because of Katrina, they had to play their home opener against the New York Giants at the Giants Stadium, with the rest of their home games being split between the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and the LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Spending $185 million to repair the superdome, the team would use it for the 2006 season, and the first game of that year was against the Atlanta Falcons, before a sold out crowd in the stadium and a national television audience, with the Saints beating the Falcons, 23-3, and the team winning a 2007 ESPY award for one of the "Best Moments in Sports". The 2009 season was their best to date, and on Monday Night Football, just after Thanksgiving, the team was coming to play the New England Patriots with a fantastic 11-0 record; and the second highest rated cable show ever. The team continued winning, and beat the Falcons again making them have a 13-0 record, their best season ever, plus the best season ever by a football team since beating the Bears out of their old 1985 record of having a 12-0 season. The team lost to the Dallas Cowboy, 24-17, ending their undefeated season, and their hopes for the Super Bowl spot with an overall record of 13-3. They beat the Arizona Cardinals, 45-14 in the superdome to win the NFC championships

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