Port Hudson State Historic Site
Heading north on US Highway 61, eight miles from Zachary is the Port Hudson State Historic Site. Port Hudson is the site of the last stronghold on the Mississippi River by the Confederates during the Civil War. In fact, the Battle of Port Hudson was the longest siege on U.S. soil. The Confederates held Port Hudson for seven weeks in 1863 until learning about the fall of Vicksburg. By the time they surrendered, the armies had suffered about 12,000 combined casualties.
Today, you can hike miles of trails to view earthen mounds built by the soldiers and beautiful, natural bluffs and creeks over the landscape. At this National Historic Landmark, you can learn more about the battle and other Civil War histories at the site's museum.
In 1974, the Port Hudson battlefield was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It joined a select group of properties that are recognized for their importance in American History. Port Hudson State Historic Site hosts several unique events, including the Battle of Port Hudson re-enactment, held annually during the last full weekend of March. Visitors can watch authentically costumed interpreters demonstrate Civil War weapons and equipment. The park is a great "walking" park through nature. The historic sites are between .2 to .5 miles from the road. The museum is packed with military memorabilia, and the dioramas are well presented. If you are interested in Civil War history, it is worth stopping in to visit this battlefield.
Port Hudson National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located seven miles west of Zachary, two miles off of US Highway 61. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 19.9 acres, and as of the end of 2007, had 12,718 interments.
From Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, take Airbase Road (left) ½ mile to Interstate 110 north and travel six miles to US Highway 61 North. Proceed eight miles to Junction 3113 west then two miles to the cemetery on your right.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
o Adults and teens - $4
o Children 12 and under - free
o Seniors - free
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