The city of New Orleans is known for many things. Bourbon Street. Mardi Gras. Po Boys’. Yet, it also has a refined sense of history and culture that all too often goes neglected. The Big Easy played a role of tremendous significance in the Civil War. It was at the center of the Louisiana Purchase. It made, for better or worse, Andrew Jackson’s political career. Truly, it has time and time again proved itself to be of tremendous influence in turning the very tide of United States history. Below are a few sites of immeasurable significance located in America’s favorite city below sea-level:
The site of Andrew Jackson’s victory, Chalmette Battlefield is just a mere seven miles downriver from the French Quarter. Stroll through the formerly blood-soaked grounds to gain some perspective on the fabled conflict. Let history immerse you and read up on what made Chalmette Battlefield the fabled battleground it has become today. For convenience’s sake, you may want to hire a tour guide to lead you through so that you can absorb the site around you while absorbing the information that makes this land so special in the first place.
Of course, if you are going to visit Chalmette Battlefield, you absolutely must take a walk through Jackson Square. Not uncommonly referred to as the heart of New Orleans, Jackson Square is full of the thriving and pulsating energy that makes New Orleans New Orleans to begin with. Young students and longtime residents alike relax in the sun at this cultural and historical center. Andrew Jackson’s statue rises with authority, reminding Crescent City’s inhabitants of his authoritative presence for all time. Not to mention, once night falls (and sometimes before), the smooth sounds of jazz electrify the square with dancing, upbeat tunes, and euphoric smiles. Take advantage.
The relaxing atmosphere that encompasses the Garden District is may seem like some far-flung place from the activity of the New Orleans metropolis, but, in reality, it is just along St. Charles avenue and Magazine Street. With wrought iron fences and classical antebellum homes, the chivalry and elegance of the South have never been more prevalent. Stroll down wide and luxurious sidewalks while looking on the metropolis’ initial aristocratic residential district. With affordable transit to the French Quarter and the Lafayette cemetery, the Garden District is a neighborhood you have no excuse to miss.
New Orleans has never ceased to surprise me. Its vivacious energy, unparalleled and unique beauty, and congenial population is an unmatched experience no one should go without.