04 May 2013

Things to do in Baton Rouge: Spanishtown Walking Tour

Spanishtown is Baton Rouge's oldest neighborhood.  

The area was founded in 1805.

Today it is known for its diverse residents, quirky culture and historic homes. 

The Louisiana State Museum, which is located just one block from Spanistown, hosts walking tours of the historic neighborhood.

On a sunny spring morning I recently took the tour. 

At one point, a U.S. Garrison was located on Spanishtown Road.
This cement block still bears the letters "U.S."

Today, Spanishtown residents proudly display their allegiance to the State, the Country and the State's flagship university, LSU.

Throughout Spanishtown one finds flamingos year round.
The flamingo is the official symbol of the Spanishtown Mardi Gras parade,
Baton Rouge's oldest and most famous parade.

Perhaps my favorite part of Spanishtown is the quaint Capital Grocery,
where neighbors meet for coffee and grits on sunny Saturday mornings

To learn more about the Spanishtown walking tours, contact the Louisiana State Museum.

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