67825 Highway 190 – Mandeville, LA
Fontainebleau State Park is a 2,800 acre park is located on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain and I remember being a little nervous to drive the 38 miles in the motorhome to get there on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (the world’s longest bridge over a body of water), but it was no problem at all.
October 22-28, 2009 – When our family was celebrating my niece’s wedding, I saw that Fontainebleau State Park was less than 5 miles away from the venue, so I jumped at the chance to live among nature while there. I hadn’t been back to the state of my birth since my dad died in 2002, and it was really nice to reconnect with parts of the family I hadn’t seen in longer than that.
From their website: The crumbling brick ruins of a sugar mill built in 1829 by Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville suggest an interesting history for this site. The wealthy Marigny developed this area across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans as a sugar plantation until 1852.
The plantation income helped support his lavish lifestyle. He named his large land holding Fontainebleau after the beautiful forest near Paris, a favorite recreation area of the French kings. I always find these sort of historical sites fascinating and I enjoyed imagining what life must have been like here in its hey-day.
I enjoyed that tour a lot, but as usual, my favorite thing to do is just walk among gigantic, glorious live oak trees with drooping limbs dripping with Spanish moss. I imagined this one a gentile southern belle bowing with her spreading branches touching the ground.
This park has some of the most amazing specimens I’ve ever seen!
Each one has its own personality and flavor and if I had seen nothing else here except them, I would have been satisfied.
I don’t know what the story is on this guy, but he looks like he’s been through at least one hurricane or disaster and is still standing – absolutely fascinating!