Fifteen stories about unique and delightful attractions--not the usual--along the River Road.
A second collection by the River Road Rambler (me!) consisting of fourteen new stories about unique and underappreciated places along Louisiana's historic byway including:
grinding season at the last sugar mill along the River Road; a Civil War fort that is almost forgotten; the 1909 Plaquemine lock and lockhouse that were nearly destroyed; how a petrochemical company rescued and restored an iconic River Road plantation house after a century of dereliction by the family that owned it; why a 1790s Creole plantation house needed to be moved and returned to its glory; life aboard a towboat pushing forty barges down the Mississippi River; and much more.
The Forgotten History and Present-Day Peril of Bayou Manchac.
"...a fascinating, nicely-turned story and important addition about Louisiana's largely underappreciated (waterway) and its indispensable place in the history and fabric of the state."
Three editions of the best overview and guide to the historic corridor; the most up-to-date published in 2013.
Country Roads Magazine
Museums Along the Mississippi River: "New Orleans and Baton Rouge—the anchor cities of the River Road, an approximately one hundred mile section in South Louisiana of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway—are well known for their assortment of excellent museums. ... But in fact, wonderful museums exist along the River Road, tucked in along the bends on both banks of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge."
No one seemed to know why the old municipal dock lost its importance. But though no longer a working pier, it remains one of the best places around to appreciate the Mississippi River, our city's history on the Big Muddy, and the power of re-imagining."
Preservation Magazine: Sustaining Evergreen
Evergreen Plantation-- the only intact working antebellum sugar plantation in the South, and one of the few plantation properties to retain its original outbuildings, including the largest collection of slave dwellings just where they've always been. Evergreen also has developed an interpretive center that binds the history of the plantation with its people, illuminating the lives of all those who ever lived at Evergreen—black and white, enslaved and free.
It's a place with a remarkable story that I was happy to tell.