142 Oak Court
Slidell, LA 70458
Phone: (985) 641-2143
Fax: (985) 781-6856
142 Oak Court, Slidell, LA, US, 70458
- Phone: (985) 641-2143
- Fax: (985) 781-6856
Lake Pontchatrain is a popular spot for locals and tourists, especially on good weather days. Sunset at the lake is a perfect time to stroll along the waterfront. While there, be sure you take special notice of the fountains. The walkway from the parking area to the fountains has a series of ceramic tiles bearing the names, symbols, and colors of the different Mardi Gras krewes—the tight-knit groups that build the floats for New Orleans' famous carnival.
During an epidemic in 1867, a local priest prayed to St. Roch, the patron saint of plague victims. When everyone survived, a Gothic result was in order. There is a small room just off the altar where you may leave gifts (medical supplies or other symbols of healing). There is a collection of these items (sometimes bizarre) for public viewing. The chapel is not always open so you should call before visiting.
Faubourg Marigny ("fauborg" is French for suburb) was developed in the 1800s by Bernard Marigny, a wealthy planter. If you cross Esplanade Avenue from the French Quarter, you will find coffee houses, bookstores, restaurants, and music clubs equal to those found in the neighboring Quarter. Bernard would be proud of all the beautiful greenery found amid this little neighborhood, especially that of the American Aquatic Gardens. On a good weather day it is a nice walk to this commercial nursery. This is a wonderfully relaxing place to observe a variety of grasses, reeds, and water lilies. Several artistic fountains create pleasant water sounds.
This Greek Revival building was first used as a U.S. and Confederate Mint in 1835 and produced money for the Federal Government until 1909. Throughout its existence it has served many purposes, including minting money and housing soldiers for the Confederate Government during the Civil War. Today, Old U.S. Mint is home to jazz and Mardi Gras exhibits as well as important historical archives. The mint also houses two gift shops, the Coin Vault and Louisiana Music Factory, which sell unique items. Own one of these as a remembrance of your visit!
Nicholas M. Benachi, a consul of Greece, built this grand house in 1858. Located on the intersection of Bayou Road and Esplanade Avenue, Benachi House is considered to be quite an exotic presence. Jim Derbes, who received the 1985 Honor Award for restoration, has brought it to its present beauty. Appointments all through the house are descended from various styles such as Victorian, Rococo revival, Gothic, classical and Empire.
The Beauregard-Keyes House was built in 1826 by a wealthy New Orleans auctioneer. This “raised cottage” features Doric columns and handsome twin staircases and was once home to General P. G. T. Beauregard who occupied the house with several members of his family from 1865 to 1867. From 1944 to 1970 it was the residence of novelist Frances Parkinson Keyes, who wrote a book about the General.
The Sisters of Ursula established Catholic schools for African-American and Native American girls and set up the first orphanage in Louisiana. The convent is now home to Catholic archives dating back to 1718. It is the oldest building on record in New Orleans and the entire Mississippi Valley. It sits across from another historic site, the Beauregard-Keyes House, and is part of the Archbishop Antoine Blanc Memorial. It is open for self guided tours.
Casino is a Spanish Mission-style building built in 1913. This favorite stop for tour buses features a standard fare of Po-Boys, hot dogs, and ice cream. There are other conveniences including restrooms and a playground. A nearby stage often features live music. There is a lagoon behind the Casino where you can hire paddleboats and canoes.
New Orleans Botanical Gardens is spread across 10 acres of tropical conservatory, including a water lily pond, formal rose garden, azalea, camellia gardens and a horticultural garden. Scattered throughout are fountains and sculptures by world renowned artist Enrique Alferez (a New Orleans local). Take a guided tour or browse through the library and gift shop located in the lovely Pavilion of the Two Sisters.
This typical West Indies-style plantation home, restored and furnished with early 19th century Louisiana and American antiques, dates back to 1799, when it became the home of James Pitot, the first mayor of incorporated New Orleans. It is near city park and is a short cab ride from The French Quarter. You may tour this historic New Orleans landmark.
This is the only example of West Indian architecture combined with early Creole home design in the French Quarter. The Madame John's Legacy building standing today was constructed in the late 1700s after the original was destroyed in fire. The name of the museum is taken from a French sea captain who bequeathed his estate to his mistress on his deathbed. In 1998, the structure underwent extensive restoration and is now open as a state museum featuring exhibits about architecture, restoration and archaeological finds. The second floor features art exhibits.
Located conveniently amid the French Quarter and close to Louis Armstrong Park, this stop should be at the top of every tourist's list. Louisiana Office of Tourism Information Center has hundreds of brochures about the sights in the city as well as complete listings on where to eat, drink and be merry. Information about the tax-free program for tourists with visas is also available.