August 2017

Time Travelers- A Roar of Muskets, The Civil War        

August 5th, 11 AM, 1 PM, & 3PM

View the smoke and fire of a rifled musket demonstration or dress in uniform, load, and fire one yourself for your own experience in history.

The ordered line of soldiers stands ready as their officer explains the drill and function of a black powder musket. At the command they handle cartridges from their boxes and ram the rounds down the barrel with the clink of ramrods. Their weapons raised in unison, a flash of flames, the thunder of the blast, and the air grows rich with white smoke. You too can experience this hands on history at Audubon State Historic Site. Experience the feel of the woolen coats buttoned tight, the weight of the musket as it kicks back to your shoulder, or the roar of the muzzle blast as you travel back over 150 years in a moment.

Ages 16 and up only.

All standard site fees apply.


Curators tour of the museum             August 6th, 10AM- Noon -2 PM

A Curator led tour of the museum displays along with select items seldom or never seen from the archives or collections storage.


The Hand that Heals                   August 12th, Noon until 4 PM

Discover medicine and medical practices used by Lucretia Pierre at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Find out how an herb garden would double as an early medicine cabinet for our apothecary.


A Touch Of Color                      August 13th, Noon until 4 PM

Discover the world of natural dyes used in early Louisiana with both a ranger led demonstration and interactive activities.


Stories of the Art of Audubon                         August 19th, 11AM, Noon and 2 PM

Discover the stories behind some of the artwork created by John James Audubon while at Oakley Plantation, hosted by park staff.  We will be going through the stories behind the creation of many of his more famous pieces such as the rattlesnake and mockingbird, turkey, and red headed woodpecker.


A Taste of the Past                            August 20th, 11AM-Noon-2PM

Discover drinks of the past and have a taste of Spruce Beer, Birch Beer, Ginger Beer, and Sarsaparilla. Find out what give me two bits meant in the taverns of old Bayou Sara.


Bird Feeder Workshop                    August 26th, 1 – 4 PM

Help provide our feathered friends with food while recycling. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own bird feeder made of empty water bottles. Help the environment in two ways at once!


Life in the Shallows                         August 27th, 11AM- Noon- 2 PM

Explore life for our friends in the pond at Audubon State Historic Site. Take part in your very own Park Ranger led exploration to see why swims, crawls, slithers, hops, or even flies about the edges of the pond and their place in the ecosystem. This program is designed to allow young explorers basic knowledge of pond life.



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