One facet of Louisiana that makes it such an appealing visitor destination is its deep and colorful history. European explorers found their way to the region and inhabited the area very early relative to settlement of much of the rest of the continent. As a result, some communities in Louisiana are among the oldest in the United States. Before those explorers arrived, of course, people we now know as Native Americans populated the region. Reaching still farther back in time, ancient peoples left their mark on the area thousands of years ago. The state of Louisiana offers many ways to explore the region’s rich history, in hundreds of museums, historic structures, landmarks, artifacts and works of art. The careful preservation and restoration of these sites and artifacts has created many rare opportunities for visitors to experience Louisiana’s history and gain insights into the diverse cultures that continue to influence the state today.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site occupies some enviable real estate in the foothills of West Feliciana Parish.
Rebel State Historic Site was founded on the site where an unknown Confederate soldier is buried.
By the summer of 1863, the Civil War has been raging for two years, with dozens of battles waged across Louisiana.
Bayou Plaquemine’s history as an inland shipping route goes back to long before Louisiana was a state. Native Americans used the waterway that joins the Mississippi River with the
William Theodore Jay was a 19th century entrepreneur who made a fortune in sawmilling.
In the summer of July 1863, in a small pocket of northwest Louisiana, the Civil War was raging.
Marksville State Historic Site is a testament to ancient engineering on a grand scale.
To get an idea of Los Adaes Historic Site’s importance, it helps to go back — way back — to the earliest days of European settlement in Louisiana.
It’s not often that a poem can awaken the public to the history of an entire culture, but Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie has done just that.