windrush gardens is located on the grounds of the LSU rural life museum. this large plot of land located just east of downtown was originally the windrush plantation. the windruch gardens is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the baton rouge urban sprawl. admission to the gardens is free.
It's no secret that Baton Rouge is flat, so if you want a clear, unimpeded view of its skyline you have to head across the Mississippi River to the city of Port Allen, Louisiana.
Along the Mississippi River's banks in the Baton Rouge area, federal, state, and local funds are combining to make the area more attractive. The Old Ferry Landing in Port Allen was completed in the summer of 2003, as a part of the bicentennial celebration of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The landing consists of a long walkway along the crown of the levee, with benches and old-fashioned light fixtures. There is a main "plaza" in the center, with small historical exhibit about the Louisiana Purchase.
The specific location of the landing is significant in the area's history because it is the location where the ferry that carried cars across the river to Baton Rouge docked. When the U.S. Interstate Highway System was built through Baton Rouge in the 1960s, and the main bridge was built, the ferry was discontinued.
It may not look like much now, but the West Baton Rouge Riverfront Development Project has grand plans in store for this particular area.
magnolia cemetery was established in 1852 and is the burial place of baton rouge's most prominent citizens. magnolia cemetery is the final resting place of a number of confederate solders who died in the battle of baton rouge. magnolia cemetery has an excellent collection of funerary art. magnolia cemetery is listed on the national register of historic places.
If you happen to find yourself in the Baton Rouge area any Sunday in October or by luck the one weekend in April that it is held, plan to go to the Angola Prison Rodeo. Not only just a wild show (with events like "convict poker" that involves four guys staying seated while a wild bull is let loose), this is also an arts and crafts fair. The inmates are able to sell their wears - belts, purses, paintings, carved items, small furniture, and I even saw a bedroom suit! Tickets are only $10, which seemed like a steal after I went, but you must purchase your tickets (online) ahead of time, or you most likely will not be able to gain admission.
Drive through the town that only takes about 1/2 hour to take it all in, but there is so much to see -if you like history, architecture, culture and the good old days gone by. It is 2 miles long and the homes and preserved structures are sites to behold. Started as a monastery in around 1773-85, it spread out to be a trading town. It was a primary source to move cotton up the river to manufacturing cities. The boll weeval, floods, and fire nearly wiped out the demand for goods, but the town stayed the same as you see it today.
Get brochures before you come to plan visits to the antebellum homes in the area. It is fabulous.
Many a splendor thing is right close to the city, in a little town called Darrow, La. Houmas Indians farmed this area under an allowed grant and sold out in 1700's to Mr. Conway and Lantil. The mansion was completed in 1828 after nearly 15 years of using the plantation to grow sugar crop. The Hampton family owned it and the 300,000 acres of land until selling out to John Burnside in 1857 for a staggering $1 million. The mansion survived the Civil War, and finally closed around the Depression era. It reopened in 1963 for tours, but burned in 2006. With hard effort from Kevin Kelly, the mansion was brought back to the original state in 2006. The interior was closed while we visited, but grounds were available to view.
The Manresa grounds is a retreat for priests, who worship in silence for 3 days. It is also a mecca for clergy to come yearly -about 6,000 show up.
the baton rouge national cemetery was established in 1867 near the site of the battle of baton rouge. union civil war dead are interned here from battle sites from all over southern louisiana. the national cemetery is the final resting place of general philemon thomas who fought in the revolutionary war and the war of 1812.
the pete maravich assembly center is home to LSU's basketball program. the assembly center was built in 1972 and was named after pete maravich in 1988. pete maravich was a LSU basketball star and he also played in the NBA. the assembly center hosts basketball games and in the off season rock concerts and other cultural events. for those interested in college basketball the assembly is a very nice basketball arena. for information on dates, times, and tickets see the attached web site.
located on the campus of louisiana state university is tiger stadium a.k.a. "death valley". this college football stadium was originally built in 1924 and today can seat over 92,000 spectators. death valley gets it name from the noise level of it's cheering fans. most LSU football games are played at night and LSU students spend the day drinking which adds to the noise and rowdy behavior at the games. for those interested in college football watching a LSU football game at tiger stadium can be quite an experience. for game dates, times, and tickets see the attached web site.
a word of warning for tourists and business travelers to baton rouge in the fall of the year. because of number of football fans who "invade" baton rouge during football weekends finding a hotel room in the baton rouge area will be difficult if not impossible. you may want plan your visit around these game weekends.
the belle of baton rouge is a casino on the mississippi river in downtown baton rouge. located in a three deck replica river boat the belle offers over 1,000 slot machines and las vegas style table games. the belle of baton rouge also has a couple of restaurants and a bar. for those who like to gamble the belle of baton rouge is a nice casino in downtown baton rouge.
the baton rouge post office and federal courthouse was built in 1894. the old post office has a beautiful italian renaissance facade which is a uncommon architectual design in louisiana. the old baton rouge courthouse is listed on the national register of historic places. today it is home to the baton rouge city club and is not open to the public. for those interested in architecture the old post office is worth a look when in downtown.
st. joseph chuch was established in 1790 when baton rouge was still under spanish rule. the present day cathedral was built between 1853-1856. this beautiful gothic revival cathedral is worth a look when in downtown baton rouge.
We entered the Capital Building at the basement or ground floor level. The sign on the elevator said we were not to take it between the basement and the first floor, but the door guard said that was just when legislature was in session. The capital building is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, daily, except on major holidays. There is no fee for admission.
We took the elevator up to the 27th floor, and then transferred to another elevator to go farther up in the tower. It was QUITE windy up there at 350 feet, but it was a marvelous view.
We could see barges on the river, and the paddlewheel casino boat Hollywood at it's dock, Huey Long's statue in front of the capitol, downtown Baton Rouge and the Arsenal (closed Monday) on the Capitol grounds. To the north is the "chemical corridor" and according to the literature in the distance stands Southern University, but I didn't know that. Neither did I know that I could see Louisiana State University in the distance to the south.
This destroyer was built in 1943 and survived the war. It is one of the last remaining. Alongside is a museum. The whole event is worth a history trip to the past, and memories of sacrifices. How personnel lived on such cramped quarters dumbfounds me, especially for months on end. An adjacent museum is a delight to walk through and see the various items.
This Courthouse was extremely well maintained for a US treasure. It had an extraordinary amount of brocade and lace on the inside. The stairway winds up to the second level and is a sight to remember. ON the second tier, the whole building can be appreciated and pictures a must.
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