Find out where William Bartram traveled through Louisiana
at a lecture on Tuesday, July 22 at 5:30pm at the Poydras Center,
500 Main Street, New Roads.
Don’t miss this lecture by Randy Harelson who will talk about LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum Louisiana Bartram Trail Marker Project. The Arboretum is leading a regional partnership to mark Bartram’s trail of discovery in Louisiana. Partners and locations have been identified for four historical markers and three other potential sites are under consideration. The four sites currently identified include Hilltop Arboretum, Burden Museum and Gardens, downtown Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee Parish.
Click here to make a tax deductible contribution to the project online.
LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum is leading a regional partnership to mark Bartram’s trail of discovery in Louisiana. Partners and locations have been identified for four historical markers and three other potential sites are under consideration. Hilltop is working closely with the Bartram Trail Organization to assure appropriate locations are selected for the markers. The four sites currently identified include Hillt
op Arboretum, Burden Museum and Gardens, downtown Baton Rouge
and Pointe Coupee Parish.
Located in Baton Rouge, and open to the public free of charge during daylight hours seven days a week, Hilltop is dedicated to preserving native vegetation, including the plants of the ridge area overlooking the floodplains of Bayou Manchac and the Mississippi River. Donated to LSU by Emory Smith, Hilltop has an extensive collection of native trees and shrubs, many collected by Emory Smith. Hilltop has a strong community outreach and educational program and holds several gardening events each year including a popular annual symposium. Its 2014 plant symposium, focused on the work of the Bartram’s, both in the States and in England, was the incentive for this project to mark William’s trail in Louisiana and to celebrate pockets of the natural vegetation he may have seen.
Burden Museum and Gardens, also open to the public, is part of the Manchac drainage area. The land came into the Burden family in the mid 1800’s and Windrush Plantation remained with the family until the land was donated to LSU. The complex contains the Rural Life Museum focused on early life styles, research gardens and includes several natural areas, including the “Windrush Natural Area” registered with the Louisiana Natural Area Registry Program through the Louisiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. According to its registry, this area contains one of the best examples of “old growth” bottomland hardwood forest in Louisiana.
Downtown Baton Rouge is the location of old “New Richmond” identified in Bartram’s Travels. The Beauregard Town Civic Association, which represents one of two residential areas in downtown Baton Rouge listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has stepped up to partner with Baton Rouge’s Downtown Development District to sponsor a third historical marker. This marker will be located at the South Boulevard Trailhead being developed for a levee top trail open to walkers, runners and cyclists. The trail, part of which is already constructed, will soon be 15 miles in length, stretching along the Mississippi River from downtown Baton Rouge to Bayou Manchac.
The Pointe Coupee Historical Society has taken on the task of sponsoring the fourth marker and is in the process of identifying and selecting an appropriate location in Pointe Coupee Parish. This marker will celebrate the conclusion of Bartram’s trip to the west and the hospitality extended to him by the people of this community. Pointe Coupee Parish, home to some of the earliest settlers of Louisiana, has long been recognized for the key role it has played in Louisiana’s history, culture and economy.