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.
Acadia Parish, home to Crowley, Rayne, Iota, Church Point and other towns located directly between Lake Charles and Lafayette, will greet each visitor with historic charm and deep culture still exp
The allure of Louisiana's Cajun culture is everywhere in Lafourche Parish and Thibodaux.
Natchitoches Parish is one of the oldest cities in Louisiana and the history seeps from every corner.
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.