Columbus Day Closures
All park sites closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day. Follow the link for information about park hours and days and about access to the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery on holidays. More »
Pirate or patriot?
In early September 1814, advance scouts for the British invasion force contacted the notorious privateer and smuggler Jean Laffite. The British offered Laffite and his men full pardons for their crimes and the opportunity to serve in the ranks of the soldiers soon to capture New Orleans. With his ships recently confiscated, his stores destroyed, and his brother in jail in New Orleans, would Lafitte accept this offer or try to strike a better deal with the American defenders?
Consider Lafitte's choice at a special day of Battle of New Orleans University programs at the park's French Quarter Visitor Center on Saturday, September 6. The center is located at 419 Decatur Street in New Orleans and admission to the center and the programs are free. (Bonus: find out whether it's Lafitte or Laffite!)
The day's offerings include
Read more about Jean Lafitte and his role in the Battle of New Orleans on a pdf you can download and print.
Did You Know?
Lubber grasshoppers are sometimes known as devil's horses in south Louisiana. They lay their eggs in the fall and prefer loose dirt, so they often lay their eggs in cemeteries. These enormous flightless grasshoppers hatch in spring and spend the summer munching their way through vegetation.