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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Park Planning

A plantation house, trees, and cannon at Chalmette Battlefield

Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery was once a separate park but became part of Jean Lafitte when Congress established it in 1978.

From now through 2015, Chalmette Battlefield and other sites of Jean Lafitte will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Planning for events is now underway: click here to learn how you can share your ideas about how to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans in January 2015.


Federal law requires a General Management Plan (GMP) for every National Park Service area. GMPs describe a park and its resources, define goals for resource protection and visitor experiences, and set guidelines for reaching those goals.

Jean Lafitte's original 1982 GMP (4,614 KB pdf) covers the original park sites of the Barataria Preserve, Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, and the French Quarter Visitor Center. The park's GMP was amended (4,240 KB pdf) in 1995 to update information on the original park sites and to add the Acadian Cultural Center, Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, and Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center.

Links to more planning and management documents are available on the Park Management page.

Did You Know?

St. Louis Cathedral and a statue of Andrew Jackson on his horse in New Orleans' Jackson Square

Tourism has been big business in New Orleans for decades. Before the Civil War, the top must-see site on everyone's New Orleans list was its port, one of the world's busiest at the time. (Early 1800s guides for travelers actually used the term "must-see!")