January 2018

Event:   Let There Be War School Day: 

Preregistered school groups will experience life in Louisiana in 1861 at the beginning of the American Civil War. Black powder musket demonstrations, clothing talks, hands on crafts, drills, and life in Civil War Louisiana will be presented throughout the day. Free to all preregistered school groups. 

Date: Friday, January 21st

Time: 9:00 to 1:00


Event:   Let there be War! 

The first program in Louisiana celebrating the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Included throughout both days are living history demonstrations, craft demonstrations, black powder musket and drill demonstrations, along with a small recreatment of a Civil War battle.  

Date: Saturday & Sunday, January 22nd & 23rd

Time: 10:00 to 4:00 

Time Travelers- The Thunder of Cannon, 1810

January 6th, 11AM-Noon-2PM

View the smoke and fire of a cannon demonstration or dress in uniform, load, and fire one yourself for your own experience in history in the year 1810.

The ordered line of militia stands ready as their officer explains the drill and function of the cannon. At the command they handle cartridges from their limber boxes and ram the rounds down the barrel with the clink of rammer staff. There is 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 or the roar of the muzzle blast as you travel back over 200 years in a moment.

Ages 16 and up only.

This program is offered at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. All standard site fees apply.

For more information please contact Audubon State Historic Site Wednesday-Sunday from 9 AM until 5 PM at 1-225-635-3739.


The Boys of 61

Saturday, January 20th, 10AM until 3PM

Take a trip to the year 1861 and see Louisiana on the edge of war. Civil War Reenactors will be on hand dressed in historically accurate uniforms of 157 years ago and presenting the daily life of citizens turning soldiers. You may fall in with the militia as they drill, see how a cannon works, or taste a bit of what the soldiers ate.  Witness an enlistment, hear a speech for secession, or write a letter home with pen and ink. Try a stab with a bayonet ! An admission is charged.


Open Hearth Candle Making Demonstration

Sunday January 21st, 1PM -3 PM

Come to Audubon State Historic Site and discover lighting in the early 1800’s as our park staff create molded beeswax candles from over the open fire as was once done by the enslaved people of Oakley Plantation.




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