Living in Louisiana is like stepping into a time machine. Louisiana is so fortunate to have lived and survived some of our Nations most difficult times. Fort Pike is an example that survival mechanism that New Orleans still carries on today. My grandfather instilled in me a love for Louisiana History. Because of this, I find myself constantly trying to engage my own children with Louisiana history.
Last weekend Fort Pike had their annual Historic Reenactment. I found myself bracing the weather elements on a cold Saturday morning determined to attend this years reenactment. Coffee in hand and my Saints hoodie in place we were ready to enjoy today’s festivities. Having been apart of two major wars, no cannon was ever fired in battle at Fort Pike but there were plenty of 32 & 24 pounder on hand to visualize how military protected the fort from British reinvasion.
After Hurricane Katrina the decaying historic site was submerged in flood waters and destroyed what was left of brick and mortar structure. Yet Fort Pike, National Register of Historic Places site, reopened only to to closed yet again after Hurricane Gustuv in 2008. One thing you may have heard in the past is that New Orleans never gives up on its own. Yet again, Fort Pike is opened and serves as a on-site New Orleans history lesson for many families and tourist such as my own.
Fort Pike served its purpose during the Seminole Wars of the 1830’s, Mexican Wars of 1840’s and in 1861 as a training center for the Union Civil War. Anywhere from 80-400 men were once station at Fort Pike. Now, the walls are etched with silence.
My pictures are not edited with the exception of sizing and adding my website logo. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Saturday afternoon to celebrate Fort Pike with their annual Reenactment. If you are local, Fort Pike is a must for any family. Tourist can also plan a quick stop to Fort Pike and the Chalmette Battlefield for an affordable yet rewarding tourist attraction. What better way to enjoy New Orleans than stepping into Louisiana History.
Feel free to visit the Fort Pike State Historic Site website for more information on Fort Pike and other forts in the area. Cost for admission is $4.00 for adults and free for seniors and children under 12 years old. Their hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Fort Pike is located at 27100 Chef Menteur Highway New Orleans, LA 70129. Call 504-255-9171 or 888-662-5703 toll free for more information. Enjoy the rest of our pictures and feel free to share.
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