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Plantation Country

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.
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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - "An Enslaved Life" Grounds Tour, A self-guided tour of the plantation grounds, centering on the activities and life of the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Following the pamphlet, provided with the grounds admission ticket, see the various outbuildings and end the tour at the grave of the only known former slave buried at the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Daily, through April and May • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Civil War Display, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A display, featuring Civil War battles and little-known Civil War facts, will be set up in the conference room. Teachers are invited to bring their class to the site for a unique look into this period of American history. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/6/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - National Tartan Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. National Tartan Day honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. Daniel Turnbull, who built Rosedown Plantation, was of Scottish descent. On this day, the site will fly the Turnbull Clan flag and decorate the house in the Turnbull Clan tartan.The public is invited to come dressed in their family tartans to help celebrate! For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 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 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Crochet Workshop, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Have you ever wanted to know how to make a beautiful antique crocheted shawl or maybe a cute baby sweater? Well now you can learn at a Crochet Class. Space is limited to the first 20 people. Register early! Preregistration required. Admission is $5 per person which includes the grounds to the park but does not cover the Oakley House tour. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/29/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Firepower!, 10 a.m. A Civil War weapons demonstration which includes an artillery loading drill and cannon firing, immediately followed by infantry small arms such as muskets, carbines, and pistols. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/29/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Crochet Class, Noon - 4 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.

May  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.
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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - "An Enslaved Life" Grounds Tour, A self-guided tour of the plantation grounds, centering on the activities and life of the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Following the pamphlet, provided with the grounds admission ticket, see the various outbuildings and end the tour at the grave of the only known former slave buried at the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Daily, through April and May • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Civil War Display, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A display, featuring Civil War battles and little-known Civil War facts, will be set up in the conference room. Teachers are invited to bring their class to the site for a unique look into this period of American history. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
5/4/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Revolutionary War Home School Day, 9 a.m. - noon. The day will resound with the peal of musket fire, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of orders, as the Militia musters at the plantation. Special activities throughout the day will invite school children to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors, reacting with hasty alarm to action at Baton Rouge in 1779. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/5/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Louisiana Native Guard, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Step back 155 years in time and witness the extraordinary journey of the first African-American regiment formally accepted into the United States Army during the Civil War. Explore how Free Men of Color, escaped plantation slaves from places like Oakley Plantation, and – in many cases – white officers changed the face of the Civil War during battles such as Port Hudson or campaigns such as the Red River. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/19/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Louisiana Gold Rush, 1 - 4 p.m. Did you know in the 1800s, Louisiana had its own mini gold rush? Have you ever panned for gold? Explore both at the park in this ranger-led program and hear how one of Oakley´s own became part of an earlier gold rush in America. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/20/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Plantation Apothocary, 1 - 4 p.m. Discover medicine and medical practices used by Lucretia Pierre at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Find out how an herb garden would double as an early medicine cabinet for the circa-1800s apothecary. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/26/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Native Guard Battlefield Tour, 10 a.m. Join a park historian during a tour of the Telegraph Road area where black troops of the 1st and 3rd Louisiana Native Guards fought on May 27, 1863. Participants are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent; reservations are recommended For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/26/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Young Naturalist Program, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Let your young naturalist explore the world of John James Audubon through hands on activities. Opportunities include explore the grounds and make their own food chain as well as reproduce both Audubon Birds drawn at Oakley and their own artwork along the sites nature trails. For younger audiences. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/27/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Time Travelers - The Thunder of Cannons, 1810, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Hands-on history experience. Dress in period uniforms while you load and fire the cannons for your own experience in history of the year 1810. Ages 16 and up only. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

June  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.
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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - "An Enslaved Life" Grounds Tour, A self-guided tour of the plantation grounds, centering on the activities and life of the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Following the pamphlet, provided with the grounds admission ticket, see the various outbuildings and end the tour at the grave of the only known former slave buried at the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/2/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Clinton, LA and the Fight of Pretty Creek, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. "Bigger than a skirmish and smaller than a battle." This indoor presentation will examine the events of Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson´s June 3-7, 1863 Union raid on Clinton, Louisiana, and the crushing Confederate victory which led to the memorable federal troop response to this attack. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
6/2/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Zouaves!, Noon - 4 p.m. Explore the history of three brightly-clad Aouave units that all either served in Louisiana or were raised in Louisiana during the American Civil War. The activity includes a look at the uniforms and equipment of the men and a discussion on the "Zouave Craze" that swept the nation during the Civil War. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/3/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Berdan´s Sharpshooters, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. One-day exhibition of uniforms and equipment used by the 1st United States Sharp Shooters in the American Civil War and discussion of the history of the unit. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/8/2018 to 6/10/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Day the War Stopped, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., each day In conjunction with the Town of St. Francisville´s annual commemoration of a temporary truce between the Union and the Confederacy to tend to their dead, the site will display information about Civil War medical and burial practices in the Gift Shop Conference Room and in the Plantation Doctor´s Office. More information on community activities can be found on the event´s Facebook page. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
6/9/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - After the Battle, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Step back in time and discover the world of Civil War battlefield surgery and care of the dead, seeing what a temporary field hospital would have looked like and how disease and illness were treated by the armies of each side of the war. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/9/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Take A Kid Fishing, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. During the Louisiana State Free Fishing weekend, bring the kids to fish on the banks of the pond at Audubon. Expect pan frying size fish and cane poles will do as good as rods and reels. Grounds admission fees still apply and must be paid at the museum. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/10/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - In the Footsteps of Audubon, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m . An extended tour by the park Curator offers an audio visual history of the park, a presentation on the prints Audubon created while at Oakley Plantation and a guided house and grounds tour. Extended tour - approximately 1 hour duration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/16/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Art at the Park, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Spend the day creating art in the footsteps of the Artist Naturalist John James Audubon who lived at Oakley House within the park in 1821. To participate, bring your own art supplies for free admission, which applies to artist only and only for grounds of the park. For more information contact the park Wednesday-Sunday from 9 AM-5PM at 1-225-635-3739. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/16/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Priestcap Battlefield Tour, 9:30 a.m. Join a park historian on a rare guided tour of the Priest Cap battlefield, which was heavily fought over on the May 27 and June 13, 1863 discouraging and deadly frontal assaults resulting in thousands of casualties among the Union troops. This portion of the battlefield is outside the park´s property and is privately owned. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
6/22/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Itsy Bitsy Spider, 1 p.m - 3 p.m. Explore the adventures of a garden spider while learning about their lives, webs, where they are, and how to identify them. Attendees will make their own spider hats to take home. For younger audiences. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/23/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Nest for Celeste, 1 - 3 p.m. Explore the adventures of Celeste the mouse at Oakley House in, "A Nest for Celeste," by Henry Cole. Children and the young at heart can tour through the locations featured in the book, then enjoy a tea on the back gallery of the house. Preregistration is required; the $10/person program fee includes park entrance. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/24/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Language of the Fan, 1 p.m - 3 p.m. Learn the subtle motions of a hand fan used to convey messages as from the time of Jane Austen. A short introductory talk in the museum includes a chance to practice, a hand out on the meanings, and a fan to take home. Ages teen and up. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

July  2018

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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
7/7/2018 • Locust Grove State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Dead of Locust Grove Cemetery, 1 - 4 p.m. Learn about the inhabitants of this historic cemetery through figures like Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of President Zachary Taylor and short lived wife of Jefferson Davis, and Eleazar Ripley – Major General and Hero of the War of 1812. There will also be a short class on gravestone rendering. For more information call 888.677-2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
July 8, 15, 22 and 29 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - An Enslaved Life Tour, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. Following a guided tour of Oakley House, tour the plantation yard with a park ranger and discover life for the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Included in the tour are outbuildings and the slave cabins. Please be aware this is a 30-minute walking tour across uneven ground. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/14/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Bird Feeder Workshop, 1 - 4 p.m. Help provide our feathered friends with food while recycling. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own bird feeder made of empty water bottles. Help the environment in two ways at once! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/28/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Bobbin Weaving Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Have you ever seen a beautiful piece of antique lace and thought to yourself ?I wish I knew how to do that!? Well now you can learn! Space is limited to the first 20 people. Register early! Preregistration required. Admission is $5 person which includes the grounds to the park but does not cover the Oakley House tour. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.