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Plantation Country

January  2018

Thursdays - Saturdays • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Daily Tours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour will begin at the Professor’s House with an introduction to the site’s history and a tour through the house. The tour will then continue outside and pass by the original locations of the East Wing Dormitory and Main Academic Building on the way to the West Wing Dormitory, to tour the rooms there. An introductory history video also will be available for viewing. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Bite the Bullet, Because of Centenary’s use as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, this program focuses on the methods and instruments used by the Civil War-era doctor. Visitors are invited to the site to take part in a Civil War Medicine discussion/demonstration by a member of the site’s staff, followed by a tour to the Confederate Cemetery located on the grounds. They will also explain the everyday life of a military doctor and their patients while at Centenary. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - 1800s Children´s Toys and Games, Learn about the history of, then participate in, the many different toys and games played by children in the 1800s. Included will be the Cup and Ball, Bilbo-Catchers, Jacob´s Ladder, Chess and Checkers, Graces, Hoop and Stick, Croquet, Horseshoes, and many, many more. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
Daily • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour of the Main House looks at the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman family, the restoration by the Underwood family, and the acquisition of the site by the state of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/1/2018 • Tickfaw State Park, Springfield - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/6/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Time Travelers – The Thunder of Cannons, 1810, 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. View the smoke and fire of a cannon demonstration or dress in uniform, load, and fire one yourself as you travel back over 200 years in a moment. Program participation is for visitors age 16 and up. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Saturdays and Sundays • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Guided Museum Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Take a guided tour of the museum, with the site historian, and explore the highlights of the Port Hudson artifact collection. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/8/2018 to 1/21/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., on the hour. Common historical myths will be examined, looking at the factual information and circumstances behind them as well as the research that later disproved them. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
1/13/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Tatting Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Staff and volunteers will teach participants this old form of lace-making, through both the needle method and by shuttle. Preregistration is required, as space is limited. Call early to reserve your spot! For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/20/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Boys of ´61, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Take a trip to the year 1861 and see Louisiana on the edge of war. Civil War reenactors will be in period dress of 157 years ago and presenting the daily life of citizens becoming soldiers. You may fall in with the militia as they drill, see how a cannon works, or taste a bit of what the soldiers ate. Witness an enlistment, hear a speech for secession, or write a letter home with pen and ink. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/21/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Open Hearth Candle-Making Demonstration, 1 - 3 p.m. Discover lighting methods of the early 1800s as park staff create molded beeswax candles from over the open fire, as was once done by the enslaved people of Oakley Plantation. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

February  2018

Thursdays - Saturdays • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Daily Tours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour will begin at the Professor’s House with an introduction to the site’s history and a tour through the house. The tour will then continue outside and pass by the original locations of the East Wing Dormitory and Main Academic Building on the way to the West Wing Dormitory, to tour the rooms there. An introductory history video also will be available for viewing. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Bite the Bullet, Because of Centenary’s use as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, this program focuses on the methods and instruments used by the Civil War-era doctor. Visitors are invited to the site to take part in a Civil War Medicine discussion/demonstration by a member of the site’s staff, followed by a tour to the Confederate Cemetery located on the grounds. They will also explain the everyday life of a military doctor and their patients while at Centenary. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - 1800s Children´s Toys and Games, Learn about the history of, then participate in, the many different toys and games played by children in the 1800s. Included will be the Cup and Ball, Bilbo-Catchers, Jacob´s Ladder, Chess and Checkers, Graces, Hoop and Stick, Croquet, Horseshoes, and many, many more. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
Daily • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour of the Main House looks at the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman family, the restoration by the Underwood family, and the acquisition of the site by the state of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Saturdays and Sundays • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Guided Museum Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Take a guided tour of the museum, with the site historian, and explore the highlights of the Port Hudson artifact collection. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
Daily • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Black History Month Display, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Discover the lives of African-Americans who influenced Louisiana and American history. Throughout the month, the site´s conference room will host an exhibit with pictures and brief biographies of these important figures. Period and historic music also will be played at various times throughout each day. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
2/3/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - An Enslaved Life: Home School Day, 9 a.m. - noon. Preregistered students will learn about the African-American enslaved persons who worked at Oakley Plantation harvesting crops. A tour of the slave cabins will show life for the enslaved on the plantation and how they adapted to their condition. Other demonstrations will include a taste of food, daily tasks, and recreation on a plantation. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/16/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A War of 1812 School Day, 9 a.m. - noon Preregistered students will learn about life in the days of Napoleon. Students will see a citizen soldier of West Florida in the Felicianas at the time of the War of 1812. Preregistration is required; open to home school students as as well as public and private school students. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/17/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Native Guard Battlefield Tour, 10 a.m. To commemorate Black History Month, the site will offer a guided tour to the Louisiana Native Guard battlefield, where the First and Third Louisiana Native Guard regiments fought a historic battle on May 27, 1863. The tour will begin in the Visitor Center´s audio/visual room. Wear appropriate clothing/footwear for walking and bring water and insect repellent. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
2/17/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A War of 1812 Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. During the War of 1812, a foreign invader burned the White House, the United States invaded Canada, and the sounds of cannon fire and battle could be heard in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Visitors will see the Age of Napoleon come to life though cannon firing drills, black powder musket drills, and camp life talks. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/24/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Enslaved Life at Rosedown, 11 a.m. Learn more about the life of the enslaved people at Rosedown Plantation, through an examination of their duties, accomplishments, and treatment along with an exploration of the hierarchy that existed on the plantation. The program will discuss the historic layout of the plantation including outbuildings, home sites, work areas and fields, followed by a walking tour of the outbuildings on the grounds. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.

March  2018

Thursdays - Saturdays • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Daily Tours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour will begin at the Professor’s House with an introduction to the site’s history and a tour through the house. The tour will then continue outside and pass by the original locations of the East Wing Dormitory and Main Academic Building on the way to the West Wing Dormitory, to tour the rooms there. An introductory history video also will be available for viewing. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Bite the Bullet, Because of Centenary’s use as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, this program focuses on the methods and instruments used by the Civil War-era doctor. Visitors are invited to the site to take part in a Civil War Medicine discussion/demonstration by a member of the site’s staff, followed by a tour to the Confederate Cemetery located on the grounds. They will also explain the everyday life of a military doctor and their patients while at Centenary. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - 1800s Children´s Toys and Games, Learn about the history of, then participate in, the many different toys and games played by children in the 1800s. Included will be the Cup and Ball, Bilbo-Catchers, Jacob´s Ladder, Chess and Checkers, Graces, Hoop and Stick, Croquet, Horseshoes, and many, many more. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
Daily • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour of the Main House looks at the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman family, the restoration by the Underwood family, and the acquisition of the site by the state of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Saturdays and Sundays • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Guided Museum Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Take a guided tour of the museum, with the site historian, and explore the highlights of the Port Hudson artifact collection. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/16/2018 to 3/18/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Pilgrimage, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors will get the opportunity to view the plantation in spring bloom with costumed re-enactors throughout the site. Period music and dancing will be performed at various times during this 3-day program celebrating the artist-naturalist John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation in 1821. The event is held in conjunction with the West Feliciana Historical Societies annual Audubon Pilgrimage each March. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
3/16/2018 to 3/18/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Audubon Pilgrimage, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Audubon State Historic Site, the home of Oakley Plantation, is proud to once more be a part of the West Feliciana Historical Societies yearly tour of Historic Homes. From Friday through Sunday, costumed staff and volunteers – in the look of 1821 – take visitors through Oakley House. Outside the home, the kitchens for the plantation will be preparing food using period recipes in the open-hearth style. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
3/24/2018 to 3/25/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - The Siege of Port Hudson Reenactment, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., each day. Visitors will have access to volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate campsites performing typical activities of the assaults. Soldiers dressed in authentic reproduction uniforms will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to the siege during the summer of 1863. The three branches of the services – artillery, cavalry and infantry will be portrayed as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

April  2018

Thursdays - Saturdays • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Daily Tours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour will begin at the Professor’s House with an introduction to the site’s history and a tour through the house. The tour will then continue outside and pass by the original locations of the East Wing Dormitory and Main Academic Building on the way to the West Wing Dormitory, to tour the rooms there. An introductory history video also will be available for viewing. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Bite the Bullet, Because of Centenary’s use as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, this program focuses on the methods and instruments used by the Civil War-era doctor. Visitors are invited to the site to take part in a Civil War Medicine discussion/demonstration by a member of the site’s staff, followed by a tour to the Confederate Cemetery located on the grounds. They will also explain the everyday life of a military doctor and their patients while at Centenary. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - 1800s Children´s Toys and Games, Learn about the history of, then participate in, the many different toys and games played by children in the 1800s. Included will be the Cup and Ball, Bilbo-Catchers, Jacob´s Ladder, Chess and Checkers, Graces, Hoop and Stick, Croquet, Horseshoes, and many, many more. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
Daily • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour of the Main House looks at the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman family, the restoration by the Underwood family, and the acquisition of the site by the state of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Saturdays and Sundays • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Guided Museum Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Take a guided tour of the museum, with the site historian, and explore the highlights of the Port Hudson artifact collection. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/7/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Country Tea, 1 - 3 p.m. Oakley House continues its ongoing tea series with a light country tea. Take a taste of tea, learn of tea traditions, and even make your own butter for your bread. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/14/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Brought to Light: "The Horse Soldiers", 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Using Hollywood movie footage and actual photographs, this indoor discussion will follow the timeline and events of Union Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson´s April and May 1863 historic cavalry raids. Starting in Tennessee and ending in Baton Rouge, the raid covered over 600 miles of raiding, riding, fighting, and avoiding capture by thousands of Confederates – ending sixteen days later in triumph and a hero´s welcome. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/20/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - An Audubon Nature School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Preregistered students are invited out to meet the native life at Audubon State Historic Site. Young explorers are taken through a variety of stations where they will meet the native plants and animals of Louisiana and also take part in various demonstration areas. There is no cost to preregistered school groups. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/21/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Earth Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hands on activities for the kids and earth friendly demonstrations for the adults. Discover the flora and fauna of the park while walking in the footsteps of the Artist Naturalist John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/27/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Living History School Day, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Participants will explore, see, and hear examples of the daily life of a Civil War soldier. Students will view multiple stations such as artillery, infantry, food, women at war, medicine, etc. Reservations are required; call or email to make your group´s reservation. Email porthudsonint1@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/28/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Crochet Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Crocheting has been around – in various forms – for centuries, used in making a wide range of household, clothing and decorative items. Preregistration is required, as spaced is limited. Call early to reserve your spot! For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.