Attractions In Livingston Parish, Louisiana
SPRINGS ANTIQUE DISTRICT
The downtown antique district of Denham Springs has gained a reputation as a "hot" area for antique buyers, with nearly 30 antique shops, a bank, a gourmet coffee shop, a restaurant, a florist and various other retail shops. Some of the shops bill themselves as antique malls because of the size of the store and large number of dealers within the store. Even the small shops often have several dealers displaying their wares, so you always find a wide variety of merchandise within each business.
SETTLEMENT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
The Creole House Museum is an authentic Creole cottage that features artifacts relating to the French heritage of the area.
Located on LA Hwy 16 in French Settlement behind the municipal building, the museum displays photographs and other records that document the history of the town. Also on display are early furniture, clothing, household items and other. The museum is open the fourth Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is free. Contact Mercy Lobell at (225) 698-9886
Livingston Parish is one of the sites for the National Science Foundation's Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). This prestigious research station, in collaboration with Cal-Tech, MIT and LSU, is at the cutting edge of gravitational physics research and laser technology. LIGO is dedicated to the detection of cosmic gravitational waves and the harnessing of these waves for scientific research. It consist of two widely-separated installations within the United States, this one near Livingston, and the other at Hanford, Washington, operated in unison as a single observatory..Tours of the facility are available on Fridays at 3 p.m. with no advance reservation necessary. Saturday morning tours are available by special appointment. Schools and special groups can book appointments any day.For information, call the site administrator at (225) 686-3100. The LIGO web site is www.ligo.caltech.edu
Tickfaw State Park--27225 Patterson Road, Springfield, LA 70462-8906; 225-294-5020 or 1-888-981-2020) is located 32 miles east of Baton Rouge off I-12. From Baton Rouge, take I-12 to the Albany/Springfield exit. Travel 2 miles south on La. Hwy. 43, merge with Hwy. 42 and continue one mile to the center of Springfield. Turn west on La. Hwy. 1037 and travel six miles to Patterson Road (across from Woodland Baptist Church), then south 1.2 miles to the park entrance. Tickfaw State Park is a unique 1200-acre park located along three miles of the Tickfaw River. The park offers diverse recreational, nature and educational opportunities.
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