Arrive on The Northshore and begin your tour in St. Tammany Parish to learn about African American and Native people, their contributions, and their heritage.

Day One

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour

Honey Island Swamp Tour, Cajun Encounters

Louisiana’s first nature conservancy area. Learn about the history, culture, and way of life of the indigenous people that lived on the Northshore on your Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour. Tips for Groups: Groups with a flexible schedule may add 1 ½ hours for an authentic seafood boil or cochon de lait at the onsite Cajun pavilion.


Bayou Lacombe Museum 

Tour the Bayou Lacombe Museum, St. Tammany Parish’s oldest wooden schoolhouse, and learn about Choctaw history. Visit the Three Sisters and Medicine Wheel Gardens. Tips for Groups: When visiting on November 1st tours can observe the tradition of La Toussaint, All Saints’ Day, an annual Lacombe celebration combining French Catholic, Celtic and Choctaw traditions honoring their ancestors.

Bayou Lacombe Museum

Madisonville Historic Museum and Cemetery Walking Tour

Maritime Museum, Madisonville

Visit one of the most diverse towns in Louisiana during the early 20th century. Tour the former 1911 courthouse and jail with displays featuring Native American artifacts and shipbuilding history then walk to the nearby cemetery for intriguing stories of those who once lived in town. Tip for Groups: The cemetery tour is only available for groups. Contact Tanya to inquire about booking.


Day Two

Visitor Center at Fontainebleau State Park

Fontainebleau State Park

Tour the visitor center, remains of the former sugar plantation, and historical markers for both the 153 enslaved people who comprised the skilled workforce of the plantation and lived at the Alley of Oaks as well as the indigenous people of the area.


View the Historical Film of Mandeville at the Trailhead Visitor Center and Take the Historic Mandeville Marker Tour

The seawall on Lake Pontchartrain

Drive, stroll, or cycle as you absorb the rich history of Mandeville through this QR code tour. Tour includes 41 marker sites; including 9 Native and African American markers.


Tour the Jean Baptiste Lang Creole House

Jean Baptiste Lang House, old Mandeville

Learn about the architectural significance of this Anglo-Creole summer cottage built for the affluent tobacco merchant Jean Baptiste Lang, as well as the history of Mandeville as a getaway destination for wealthy New Orleanians.


Visit the Dew Drop Jazz and Benevolent Hall 

Dancing at Dew Drop Jazz Hall

Established in 1895, and is the oldest unaltered jazz hall in the world. Noted musicians that have graced the stage include Bunk Johnson, Buddy Petit, and Papa Celestin.



Meal Suggestions:
Annadele’s Plantation, Middendorf’s Restaurant, or Celina’s Soul Food Cafe

Couple dining at Middendorfs, Slidell, Tammany Taste


Day Three & Four

Follow the shoreline of the mighty Mississippi River to learn about the enslaved, their revolt, and the homes they helped construct to Louisiana’s River Parishes

Day Five

Visit Jefferson Parish as our trail winds its way throughout the East and West Banks of the Mississippi River through Jefferson Parish, highlighting different historic points of interest. 

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