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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
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Owner description: Nature reserve, consisting of several sections, preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.
Reviewed March 18, 2013

We recently had 2 days to explore Lafayette, LA.
We began by visiting Jean Lafitte National Park. It is a modern, clean and wonderfully staffed facility, with auditorium, museum and gift shop. We watched their 30 minute video on the history of the area. It was very well done. Be sure to view the poster map they have in the gift shop. It's a great pictorial of the events that led to the cultural foundation of this land.
I have French Canadian ancestry. After viewing the movie, I was intrigued about the families sent into exile from Nova Scotia in 1755. One ranger showed me a list of the deported family names, and to my surprise, my maiden name was among those listed. That was all it took to send me on a treasure hunt to learn more. The ranger suggested we next go to a small town "just 7 miles up the road" ( St Martinsville, LA) . The St Martinsville Museum has a roster of all the families who eventually arrived and settled in this region. This lead did not uncover any new family history for me, but the great advice of the ranger did take us to a quaint town, and informative museum. So, thanks to the folks at Jean Lafitte. We had a fun day.

1  Thank mak5361
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Be prepared for actual swamps so have the appropriate shoes and clothing if it has rained in the last few days. It was quite beautiful when I could take a minute and look around, but mostly trying to find a place that I wouldn't sink.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

We took the free tour given every morning at 9:30 from the Decautur Street office. The ranger was wonderful-amusing, informative and obviously enjoyed his job. The tour is about an hour and mostly is just him giving you information at the site and then walking along the riverfront to the Jackson Square area. Although we had been to New Orleans before, we learned things and found it very interesting. We recommended it to students we met after. And best of all-it's free!

1  Thank Tammy W
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We went to the Barataria Preserve which is a half hour drive from N.O. There is a 2-3 mile wood/stone trail from the visitor center which is very enjoyable.

4  Thank Trek-Always
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We visited the 3 store-front sites in the French Quarter of New Orleans and the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefiled. The store-front in the French Quarter with New Orleans history was a great introduction to local history and especially culture and music. It helped explain the history and culture of Creole vs. Cajun how these groups evolved. I didn't understand why the other 2 store-fronts, manned by rangers, are there. The preserve has many trails, most of which were too muddy in Februrary but we enjoyed the mile-long boardwalk and nearby bayou trail. We saw many birds, fish, lizrds and even alligators in winter. We enjoyed Chalmette Battlefiled (War of 1812) but it wasn't easy to figure out how the battle took place. Better displays or on-the-ground markers would help. You can take a paddlewheel cruise to the battlefield but it was not operating when we were there. We did not get a chance to visit their Cajun Cultural sites.

Thank coloradocowgirl2016
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