A wealth of information is available online about the Ft. Jesup State Historic Site. I consulted with the following web resources:








The site is located at 32 Geoghagan Rd., Many, LA 71449 (just off Hwy 6, slightly closer to Many than Robeline), Sabine Parish, about 22 miles (30 minutes) from NSU. Its GPS coordinates are N 31 36.7346, W 93 24.1103.

The site is owned and managed by Louisiana State Parks, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. The phone number is 318-256-4117 or 888-677-5378 toll free. They can be reached by email at fortjesup@crt.state.la.us

The facilities include a museum, restroom and a picnic area. Good information on the site is easy to find.

I expect to find interpretation of the site focused on the strategic military importance of the region from 1820s-1840s, and the fort within that context. Likely points will include an explanation of historical geography including the US/ Mexico borders, the Republic of Texas, and “No Man’s Land”.  Military interpretation may include Texas War of Independence, The Mexican War of 1845 and perhaps a listing of famous men and Civil War officers that once stationed or visited the fort.
I have been driving by the site most of my life, but have never been there.  I really look forward to the visit.

Rebel State Historical Site







is located three miles northwest of Marthaville on LA 1221, also near Many. It is 10 miles from Robeline and about 25 miles west of the Natchitoches/ NSU. Its GPS coordinates are: N 31 44.978, W 93 25.231.

It is also managed by Louisiana State Parks, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. The Park can be contacted at 318-472-6255 or 888-677-3600 or by email at rebel@crt.state.la.us

Like most state museums in the area there is a $2 admission, but children and seniors can visit free of charge.  The site includes an amphitheater,the grave of the unknown Confederate soldier, and the Louisiana Country Music Museum. Reliable information is easily available online.

I am unsure of what to expect. Is the site primarily a Country Music Museum or a monument to the Confederacy? What, if any, relation do the two have?

My gut instinct is that the state should do more to emphasize music aspects of site and link with other music sites (especially sites of Country Music interest) of the state (Louisiana Hayride, etc), Delta Museum in Ferriday. But once again, I’ve passed the exit most of my life and never visited