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Louisiana Historic Sites

By Emily Anne Croom Premium

 ? The Historic New Orleans Collection and Williams Research Center
410 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 598-7171
Take a break from using the Williams library to tour this complex of buildings representing different eras in New Orleans history.
 
? Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site
1200 N. Main St.
St. Martinville, LA 70582
(888) 677-2900
This collection of cabins, a farmstead, a plantation home and outbuildings commemorates the 18th-and 19th-century culture and lives of Acadians, slaves and Creoles in Louisiana’s Bayou Teche area.
 
? Louisiana State Museum
751 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(800) 568-6968
View historic and cultural artifacts housed in five buildings of the famous French Quarter, plus the only structure to serve as both a US and Confederate mint.
 
? Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum
Burden Research Plantation
Box 80498
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
(225) 765-2437
Experience the cultures of pre-industrial Louisianians on this 19th-century working plantation, farming museum and agricultural research station.
 
? Musée Conti Wax Museum
917 Conti St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
(800) 233-5405
See New Orleans history — scandals and all — through 154 wax figures such as Napolean in his bathtub, Gen. Lafayette, the Duc d’Orleans and Mark Twain.
 
? National D-Day Museum
945 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 527-6012 <www.ddaymuseum.org>
Opened in 2000 on the anniversary of D-Day, this museum’s interactive exhibits, artifacts and veterans’ stories take you through the buildup and execution of history’s most complex military operation.
 
? Nottoway Plantation
Box 160
30970 Highway 405
White Castle, LA 70788
(866) 527-6884
Louisiana’s largest home upon its completion in 1859, this mansion on the Mississippi River banks features then-innovative amenities such as gas lamps and indoor plumbing. It survived the Civil War intact and now offers tours, guest rooms and a restaurant.
 
? Poverty Point State Historic Site
Box 276 Epps, LA 71237
(888) 926-5492
View ancient American Indian earthen mounds — dating between 700 BC and 1700 — from trails and an observation tower, then learn about this site through museum exhibits.
 
? Vermilionville
300 Fisher Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
(866) 992-2968
Costumed interpreters, craftspeople, cooks, musicians and artists depict Cajun and Creole culture from 1765 to 1890 at this living history village.

VISITOR INFORMATION

? Louisiana Travel
Box 94291
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
(225) 342-8100
 
? New Orleans MetropolitanConvention and Visitors Bureau
1520 Sugar Bowl Drive
New Orleans, LA 70112
(800) 672-6124

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From the April 2005 Family Tree Magazine

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