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... s history when housing the local government in an actual castle might have not been a bad idea. Admission is once again free.
Baton Rouge does not have a huge number of museums or galleries, but there are a couple of interest to visitors. Next to the Old State Capitol, you can find the LSU Museum of Art. Ran ...
... Marathon, Valero, Shell, Dow Chemical and others were on this road and just over the levee were massive barges and tankers.
The road was a good road, little traffic with plenty of sights. Grain elevator facilities on a scale I have never scene, plantations, oil and chemical refineries, farms, massive spillways, and ships kept my attention. The fact that there was a levee the entire way was ...
Leaving the drama of New Orleans behind us, we took a taxi back to the airport and picked up a hire car. Headed out west towards Baton Rouge and set the SatNav for the Oak Alley Plantation. This Creole plantation (french speaking descendants of original French pioneers) grew sugar cane and had a large number of slaves prior to the civil war. It is a beautiful place, right ...
... and information. This makes sense I guess since Stennis Space Center was a shuttle engine test facility. With the Shuttle program ending, so did the operations at Stennis.
Unfortunately, the schedule has changed with the change in operations. Today the science center and tours were closed.
We ended up continuing to Baton Rouge to a campground and staying the night there.
... State Historic site. This is the site of the Oakley Plantation, where John James Audubon arrived in 1821 to serve as a tutor for the young lady of the house. This house is built in a style more typical for the islands in the west indies, with great shutters allowing ventilation along the outside gallery, but helping to keep sun (and bugs) away. It was interesting that in this house, ...