Blogger’s Note: Two stories converge to explain this off-shoot of the Atchafalaya Basin, in the heart of a 1900s southern college campus. Cypress Grove is uniquely tied to the history of University of Louisiana and to the area. From The Vermilion, April 2002 article History of Cypress Lake Branches In Two Different Directions: “LOUISIANA La.
Blogger’s Note: Known colloquially as the “Acadian Creation Story,” the Legend of Evangeline is primary to Louisiana Cajun culture. Her legacy, passed down for generations, is one of mystery and true love. Based on ‘le grand dérangement,’ the systematic dispersal of the Acadians out of Halifax, Nova Scotia by the British. Particularly the story of
Blogger’s Note: Most of us can remember the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair. Gigantic fiberglass mermaids alluring guests at the entrance; a monorail; a startlingly tall gondola lift that would take guests across the Mississippi River to the Westbank; and a pelican (the Louisiana State Bird) as Fair mascot, Seymore D. Fair. What many may
Blogger’s Note: Captured in 1862 during the Civil War by Union forces under the command of Admiral Farragut, and totally reconstructed after the war, “The Old Gray Castle,” was abandoned in 1932 for the current State Capitol building. Albany Woodworks provided over 10,000 sqft. of Premium Antique Heart Pine Flooring used to completely restore the
Blogger’s Note: The historic record on virgin-growth Cypress in the south is extensive, but not much is mentioned about the contribution of the Louisiana ‘swamper.’ This is the story of the original axe men, and their self-taught logging practices that allowed survival in the harsh reality of 1700s frontier life. Leaving their families for months