BATON ROUGE – The Office of State Parks recently announced that, due to extensive budget cuts in the upcoming fiscal year, five historic sites will be available by appointment only. Those cuts include the Marksville Historic Site of Native American mounds.
“It is unfortunate that we have to diminish the availability of these cultural treasures,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks.
“The budget constraints of the last few years have left us with a small number of ‘belt- tightening’ options. Our hope is that we will be able to re-open these sites within the next
couple of years.”
Effective July 26, the following State Historic Sites were placed in ‘caretaker status’:
Centenary SHS, Jackson
Fort Jesup SHS, Many
Fort Pike SHS, New Orleans
Marksville SHS, Marksville
Plaquemine Lock SHS, Plaquemine
Los Adaes and Winter Quarters State Historic Sites were placed in ‘caretaker status’ last week. Visitors to these seven sites will have to contact the sites prior to their
visit. Programs at these Historic Sites, as listed on the Louisiana State Parks’ on-line Calendar of Events, will be cancelled. It is always recommended that visitors call ahead,
when planning to attend a program, to confirm that the program is still occurring.