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Historic Sites

Louisiana has the most colorful history of any state and of many countries. Beginning long before the Louisiana Purchase being celebrated in 2003, our state took shape in prehistoric times.

We have had a past of many battles, on the battlefield and in the political arena. Our architecture is a lasting impression of French and Spanish rule. Today, there are many reminders of the past in our museums, plantations, historic sites and attractions.

The Colonial Surgars Historic District
Gramercy, La
Photo Credit - Louisiana Division of Historic Preservations

Audubon State Historic Site
The main feature of the 100-acre woodland siteis Oakley House, where John James Audubon lived for a short time. Other facilities include formal and kitchen gardens, a separate kitchen and weaving room, a plantation barn, two slave cabins, a picnic area with a shelter and a nature trail through the acres of magnolia and poplar trees. <More>

Camp Moore
This was a training camp for about 25,000 Louisiana soldiers before they entered combat during the Confederacy during the Civil War.<More>

Centenary State Historic Site - Jackson, La
The college stands as one of four major state Church schools existing prior to 1860. <More>

Christ Episcopal Church and Cemetery
Built in 1853, the church is an excellent example of Gothic Revival architecture.<More>

Donaldsonville Historic District - Donaldonville, La
The district contains the finest collection of buildings from the pre-Civil War era to 1933 to be found in any of the Mississippi River parishes above New Orleans.<More>

East Feliciana Parish Courthouse & Lawyers Row - Clinton, La
A full Greek Revival Courthouse built in 1840 and opposite five adjacent law office buildings of harmonious design.<More>

Louisiana State Capitol Building - Baton Rouge, La
A 34-story, 450-foot Alabama limestone-clad skyscraper, is an excellent example of a greatly simplified classicism with Art Deco details that were in vogue for monumental buildings in the late 1920s. <More>

Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, La
The 46 historic buildings on the campus vividly reflect an important period in American architecture.<More>

Old Governor's Mansion
It is said that Governor Long wanted to be familar with the White House in Washington when he became president so he had the White House duplicated in Baton Rouge, La.<More>

Pentagon Barracks of East Baton Rouge Parish
The fort has the distinction of being the site of the birth of a nation - the short-lived Republic of West Florida.<More>

Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site - Plaquemine, La
The community's fine late Italianate, Queen Anne Revival and 20th-century eclectic buildings own thier existence to the coming of the railroad.<More>

Pontchatoula Commercial Historic District
- Pontchatoula, La
The district now known as "America's Antique City" derived it's name from the Choctow Indian language, referring to the abundance of Spanish moss on trees in the area <More>

Port Hudson State Historic Site - Zachary, La
Four thousand Civil War veterans are buried at the Port Hudson National Cemetary, which stands just outside the old Confederate lines. <More>

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site - St. Francisville, La
Currently, the main house, historic gardens and 13 historic buildings and 371 remaining acres of Rosedown Plantation are preserved as a state historic site by the Office of State Parks.<More>

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church - Paincourtville, La
This is one of the largest historic buildings in Assumption Parish and contains the most elaborate interior decorative paintwork in the parish. It's Gothic origin makes this church unique of this period.<More>

St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church - St. Gabriel, La
Perhaps the oldest church in the Louisiana Purchase Territory with the first babtism record available dated April 22, 1773.<More>

St. John Babtist Church - Dorseyville, La
The church is significant because it represents the earliest period of the African-American community in Dorseyville. <More>

The Colonial Sugars Historic District
One of the few surviving historic sugar refineries in the country.<More>

Zemurray Gardens Lodge Complex
The land now occupied by Zemmuray Gardens was one of the earliest settled areas in what is now Tangipahoa Parish sometime in the 1790's.<More>