in Baton Rouge, LA
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Foundation for Historical Louisiana
502 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Directions
The Foundation for Historical Louisiana works quite hard to preserve the state's cultural and architectural heritage. In fact, the organization's impressive commitment is obvious when you enter the museum and see the detail and care that have gone in to each and every exhibit. The Foundation also counts on the support of the various members and the general public for financial sustenance through such activities as the Historic Marker Program and reaching out for help with specific historical sites with their Treasures in Trouble mission. Although their work is never done and the Foundation is a constant work-in-progress, you'll learn about some of Louisiana's dramatic history from the bottom up.
Louisiana State Museum
751 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116 Directions
The Louisiana State Museum is just as good at preserving the area's culture as it is celebrating it. See various thematic exhibits on the diverse aspects of Louisiana's colorful history, industry and culture. See artifacts from the original Louisiana Purchase, a Civil War Submarine and an amazing 48-foot wooden shrimp crawler. See a captivating exhibit on the history and traditions of Mardi Gras as well as the various cultural influences that made the food here so spicy!
Louisiana's Old State Capitol
100 N Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70801 Directions
Louisiana's Old State Capitol has a long and winding history that is nothing short of dramatic. The fortress-like structure stood strong and impressive until it was gutted by fire in the Civil War. After recovering and returning to its original purpose, the building fell into disrepair in the early 1930s following the installation of a newer, less-storied building as the state's capitol. A concerned group of citizens worked hard to rebuild it and the old capitol now houses a wide variety of interactive exhibits that tell the state's sometimes controversial but never uninteresting story. The Old State Capitol is a must-see attraction for history buffs visiting Baton Rouge.
Parlange Plantation Tour
8211 False River Rd
New Roads, LA 70760 Directions
Intrigue intertwines with history on the Parlange Plantation Tour. This large house dates all the way back to 1754 when it was owned by the Marquis Vincent de Ternant. His wife died during childbirth at the home and it is believed that her ghost haunts this structure, which is still owned by deTernant's descendents to this day. Eerie, detailed stories and further information is provided by the well-practiced guides on a tour that's as chilling as it is entertaining.
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