Local travel with family is unusual in some ways. There are locations my daughter & I have visited, some we visit as a family and others that she may have visited without us. My oldest child is a traveler at heart like I am. She remembers every trip she tool her her grandparents (my parents), every school field trip with detail and every Girl Scout trip we have taken together. Today we visited Louisiana’s Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My daughter & her 5th grade class visited the exact location almost 2 years ago. If you think kids are horse playing during field trips (which they are) and not learning you are mistaken. Children love to learn and they absorb more information with real life experiences. So just like her 5th grade class 2 years ago, we are off to visit the Louisiana Old State Capitol as a family in hopes that my children become more inspired to learn about their home state and our La. History that we take great pride in as adults.
My family & I love learning about history and in a sense our culture as Louisianans. The Old State Capitol stands tall today & continues to overlook the Mississippi River from a bluff in downtown Baton Roue. It is beautiful with Gothic Architecture for the past 160 years. Just like the the people of Louisiana, the old state capitol has endured its fair share of disaster. Fire, war, scandal, abandonment and without shock several fistfights! But that same history gives the 19 century building a little extra Southern Charm.
As a family we explored the Old State Capitol which was restored in 1990, my children learned about the famous men (and women) that stood on the very staircases my children did today. Important historical figures like Napoleon Bonaparte, Huey P. Long and the haunting story of the “Ghost of the Castle”.
I have to admit my favorite part of the museum, aside from the architectural beauty, is the Huey P. Long Exhibit. If you are not familiar with Huey P. Long you should really Google him. He is such a complex multifaceted character and pivotal to Louisiana History.
More importantly, we were able to reconnect away from our home, work and school/extra curricular activities and learn about our old state capitol & Louisiana History. Visiting the Louisiana Old State Capitol is Free of Charge. You can find more information on their Website, Facebook Page & Twitter Account.