Shreveport, Louisiana: Rife with culture,
culinary haunts for families
By Barbara Barton Sloane

I recently traveled the state from Shreveport in Northern Louisiana to Natchitoches and on to the state capitol, Baton Rouge. I was surprised to discover these cities are filled with culture, history, and activities for the whole family.

Shreveport, in particular, is a good vacation choice for any one wanting to experience fine art, visit well-preserved plantations, relax in one of the many beautiful state parks and enjoy great food. Oh yes, the food.No trip to Louisiana would be complete without sampling traditional dishes: red beans and rice, Jambalaya, shrimp Creole,gumbo, and crawfish etouffee. Yes!

Something else you may not know: Elvis made his very first professional singing appearance at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport and on October 16 of this year, the Auditorium will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his appearance, as a member of the Louisiana Hayride. As a tribute, a statue of Elvis, guitar in hand, stands front and center as you approach the site.

The Municipal Auditorium is a must-see.It was completed in 1929, embodies intricate art deco design, and is equal in square footage to 6 football fields.Take a tour of their Museum to learn of its rich musical heritage.

Memorabilia from the famous that have appeared on its vast stage, from Johnny Cash, Faron Young, Kris Kristofferson to Eleanor Roosevelt brings a haunting nostalgia to the experience.One can almost hear Hank Williams calling “Hey Good Lookin’” down the long corridors.


In Shreveport, the Fairfield Place Bed & Breakfast offers comfortable lodging. The property is made up of two adjoining homes built circa 1870 with over an acre of gardens and patios.A highlight of this B&B is the BREAKFAST!  Your host, Mark Faser, makes a memorable breakfast – fresh baked muffins, croissants, baked apple French toast, and caramelized bacon are just a few of his specialties.

Before leaving Shreveport, pay a visit to the Logan Mansion . This home was built in 1897, and is one of the finest remaining Queen Anne Victorian houses in the city.The owner, Vicki LeBrun, will give you a tour and has a few stories of supernatural encounters in the house to add to her description of Shreveport life and culture in the early 1900s.

If you have a sweet tooth, stop in The Chocolate Crocodile for one of their huge chocolate/caramel-covered apples.It may just last you all day.

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NOTEWORTHY INFO:

Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Ave, Shreveport
Tel: 318-220-9434
www.stageofstars.com
Fairfield Place Bed & Breakfast, 2221 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport
Tel: 318-222-0048

www.fairfieldbandb.com
Logan Mansion Home Tour, 725 Austin Place, Shreveport
Tel: 318-459-2285
E: Ibillyvicki@bellsouth.net
The Chocolate Crocodile, 460 Boardwalk Blvd, Bossier City (part of Shreveport)
Tel: 318-742-3316

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Barbara Barton Sloane has traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.She developed a love of travel when her family left for France when she was 8 years old.She has been an Assistant Beauty & Fashion Editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and an Associate Editor at McCall’s Magazine.She is currently a freelance travel and beauty writer. This is her first article for BAFT.

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