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General Information

Description - Closures All park sites are open except for Chalmette National Battlefield and National Cemetery in Chalmette which is closed due to damage from Hurricane Katrina.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve was established to preserve for present and future generations significant examples of the rich natural and cultural resources of Louisiana's Mississippi Delta region.

The park consists of six physically separate sites and a park headquarters located in southeastern Louisiana. The sites in Lafayette, Thibodaux, and Eunice interpret the Acadian culture of the area. The Barataria Preserve (in Marrero) interprets the natural and cultural history of the uplands, swamps, and marshlands of the region. Six miles southeast of New Orleans is the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans and the final resting place for soldiers from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, and Vietnam. At 419 Decatur Street in the historic French Quarter is the park's visitor center for New Orleans. This center interprets the history of New Orleans and the diverse cultures of Louisiana's Mississippi Delta region. The Park Headquarters is located in New Orleans.

Attractions - The park consists of six physically separate sites and a Park Headquarters located in southwestern Louisiana. The sites in Lafayette, Thibodaux and Eunice interpret the Acadian cultures of the area. The Barataria Preserve (in Marrero) interprets the natural and cultural history of the uplands, swamps and marshlands of the region. Six miles southeast of New Orleans is the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans and the final resting place for soldiers from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II and Vietnam. In the French Market of the historic French Quarter is the history of New Orleans and the diverse cultures of Louisiana's Mississippi Delta region. The Park Headquarters is located in New Orleans.

Recreation - Each of the six sites within Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve has a visitor center with interpretive exhibits about specific aspects of Louisiana culture.

The Acadian Cultural Center interprets cultural resources related to the Acadian people, who were relocated from Nova Scotia, Canada, to the Mississippi Delta region during 1765-1785, as well as other cultures of the region. Prairie Acadian Cultural Center depicts the heritage of the Prairie Acadians, shaped by the regions lush grasslands, ideal for raising crops and grazing cattle. Artifacts, exhibits and live demonstrations at this site portray aspects of the unique culture. Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center located along Bayou Lafourche in Thibodaux provides artifacts and exhibits depicting a variety of cultures linked closely with the rich swamps, marshes and coastal waters of this region. In the Barataria Preserve eight miles of boardwalk, or hard-surfaced trails, and over 20 miles of waterways allow visitors to explore 20,000 acres of hardwood forest, cypress swamp and fresh water marsh. Visitor center exhibits at the preserve highlight the natural history and lifeways of the area. the French Quarter Visitor Center interprets the history and cultural diversity of Louisiana's Mississippi Delta region.

Climate - Summers in Southern Louisiana are generally hot and humid with occasional rain. Winters are mild. Sunscreen is recommended for outdoor activities and insect repellent for natural areas.

Location - The six sites of this park are located in and around New Orleans, Louisiana.


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Contact Information:
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 365 Canal Street, Suite 2400 , New Orleans, LA, 70130-1142, Phone: 504-589-3882

Additional Information:
Louisiana's Historic Sites -

Links:
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve - Official agency website

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