Founded in 1938 as Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., Avondale Shipyard has long been a centerpiece of the economy of New Orleans and much of Southeast Louisiana. From barges, to Navy warships, to the oil and natural gas industry, Avondale has been a…

In the eighteenth century, working sugar plantations existed on this land. They faced the Mississippi River, which is straight ahead about a half mile. Pierre Foucher planted long alleys of live oak trees to frame his house. His neighbor Etienne de…

Fort Pike, named after General Zebulon Montgomery Pike, was completed in 1828. It originally was named Fort Petite Coquilles after the structure it was meant to replace. Made with brick and stone, Fort Pike is stronger than its Second System…

From the parking lot of Fort Pike, look in the north-northwesterly direction underneath the bridge towards the red-roofed bait store and marina (see picture). Past this building, somewhere near the shoreline, Fort Petite Coquilles once stood. This…

Previously named Fort Wood, Fort Macomb was built around 1815 on the site of an older fort named Chef Menteur. Nine miles from Fort Pike, architect Simon Bernard's structure was thought to be impregnable to enemy troops attacking in the narrow…