William Theodore Jay was a 19th century entrepreneur who made a fortune in sawmilling.
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.
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.
A few miles northwest of St. Francisville is a little-known cemetery that holds a fascinating footnote to Civil War history.
Kent Plantation House State Historic Site turns back the clock to circa 1800, when Pierre Baillio II commissioned the construction of a simple six-bedroom home on the banks of Bayou Rapides.
Spring of 1864 was one of the Civil War’s bloodiest. The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, second only to Gettysburg in casualties, occurred in May that year.
In 1714, traveling up the Red River on his way from present-day Alabama to Mexico, French-Canadian trader Louis Antoine Juchereau de St.
Fort Jesup State Historic Site sits deep in the rural country between the Louisiana Purchase’s oldest city, Natchitoches, and the trophy fish-rich waters of Toledo Bend Reservoir.