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by Amber Autumn
August 12, 2009
The most iconic symbol of St. Bernard Parish (besides Rocky and Carlo's) is the Chalmette Battlefield and Plantation, next to the Jean Lafitte National Park. The battlefield grounds and public restrooms are open Mondays through Thursdays 7am to 3pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, these and the visitor center are open from 9am to 4:30pm. Historic blue cannons line the avenue where you drive along. There is also a walking path that will take you to a centuries-old cemetery. Behind the obelisk is a southern plantation house. It reminds me of a "Gone With the Wind" era because at dusk, if you stand by one of the majestic oak trees near the plantation, it closely resembles Scarlet in the shadow of an oak tree with the plantation behind it.
From journal Chalmette, Down in Da Parish
March 27, 2001
The easiest way to get here is to book a luncheon cruise on a Mississippi paddlewheeler. But, hey, this is about walking.
Catch an Arabi bus at Canal and Rampart. At the end of the line, walk southeast along the railroad tracks and Highway 46 until you reach the entrance to the National Historical Park. It’s about a mile and a quarter each way, and you’ll need to walk at least another mile to see all that’s here.
The walk to and through Chalmette Battleground is a great way to combine history with exercise.
From journal New Orleans Memories