Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chalmette Unit of Jean Lafitte and the Abita Brewery

Chalmette Memorial

Packed up our campsite at Bayou Segnette State Park and headed through New Orleans to the Chalmette unit of Jean Lafitte, site of the Battle of New Orleans. It is a pretty small unit but we enjoyed exploring it. We started at the visitor center where we learned more about the battle before heading out on the auto tour road.
Chalmette View

We actually walked to the first stop on the tour road and then walked over to the Malus-Beauregard House.
Chalmette House

Samuel Potts Monument

Eventually we made our way to Chalmette National Cemetery
Chalmette National Cemetery

and shortly after headed out of the park. We drove north to Abita Springs, passing over a section of Lake Ponchartrain. The town of Abita Springs was quite pleasant with a fountain commemorating the town's namesake springs.
Abita Springs

Right near the fountain is the Abita Brew Pub where we ate lunch and I drank a delicious Black IPA. From the brew pub we headed to the brewery where we toured the facility and drank a few more beers on the house.
Abita taps

Abita brewery

After the tour and beer a we headed northwest to Natchez, Mississippi to Natchez State Park. We stopped at a snowball stand just off of Interstate-55. Delicious!
Noelle & a Mississippi Snowball

We enjoyed you Louisiana and vow to return someday.

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