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.
Sited along the serpentine Mississippi River and just a short drive from New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Darrow is home to several of the historic plantations that have made the River Road area so famous. Hermitage Museum is known as Louisiana's earliest Greek Revival mansion. Brocage Plantation, built in 1837, welcomes tours and overnight guests to its bed and breakfast. Visitors to Houmas House, also known as "The Sugar Palace," step back in time ot learn about sugar cane farming, Civil War history and Louisiana life during the antebellum period.