Bernard Parish offers an assortment of attractions that reveal its
rich history. The
National Battlefield and Cemetery located on St. Bernard Highway in
Arabi if the site of the Battle of New Orleans where General Jackson
and his outnumbered mix of Army regulars, locals and privateers
held back Britain's finest generals and troops who had defeated
Napoleon's forces at Waterloo to end any British hopes of gaining
a foothold again in the United States.
Bernado Scenic Byway Byway
(La. Hwy. 46) traverses St. Bernard from Jackson Barracks at the
Parish's border with New Orleans passing aforementioned historic
sites such as the Chalmette Battlefield and Cemetary as it makes
it way on a scenic drive throgh oak groves and rural scenery along
bayous into lower St. Bernard to the fishing villages of Hopedale,
Shell Beach, Yscloskey, Delacroix where many of the
desendents of St. Bernard's settlers from the Canary Islands, the
Islenos. reside today. The Islenos
Museum and the Ducros
Museum offers a look into the
history and heritage of the Islenos.
Bernard State Park provides
outdoor recreation and camping on a 358-acre site just 18 miles away from
New Orleans' French Quarter.
St. Bernard Parish has
several sites included in the National
Register of Historic Places. including
Chalmette National Battlefield, The
Street Historic District In Arabi,
Old Arabi Historic District and others.
Barracks Military Museum offers an
assortment of military hardware and displays chronicling the history of
the United States at the historic Jackson Barracks located in New Orleans
at the St. Bernard Parish line.
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