The Alexandria Holocaust Memorial was built so that visitors could honor and remember the six million Jews - including one and one-half million children - who were killed in the Holocaust. It also honors the non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as well as victims of ethnic cleansing, genocide, or other forms of man's inhumanity to man in all places and times. The memorial recognizes the extraordinary efforts of the resistors and rescuers during the especially difficult times.
The obelisk is 18 feet high and weighs 15 tons. In Jewish tradition, the number 18 has an almost mystical significance. The Hebrew letters for 18 mean LIFE and are used often at happy occasions celebrating important events.
The Edwin Epps House is a single-story, wood-frame Creole cottage presently located on the campus of Louisiana State University Alexandria. Though the Epps House has been moved from its original location and has lost a significant portion of its original building materials, the physical presence of the structure retains its historic significance in association with the famous slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave. Hours: By Appointment Only. Cost: Free Admission
Selected by Rand McNally as a “MUST SEE SITE.” Experience Cotton Then & Now at an 1800-acre historical working cotton plantation and museum where modern computerized technology is used in ongoing ginning and farming operations. Nineteen historical buildings include furnished slave cabins, a Smithsonian quality antique, steam gin, plantation store and other outbuildings. Optional Civil War tour is a concise but complete history of the causes of the Civil War beginning with our constitution. The tour includes conflicts, economics, politics, and the effects of the war on our nation’s budget, the plantation slaves, and owners. Hours vary by season. Please check website or call 318-757-2453. Arrive at least 1 ½ hrs. prior to closing; tours begin immediately upon arrival. Admission prices on website.
Completed in 1800, this French Creole Plantation house is the oldest standing structure in Central Louisiana. The Creole house and period outbuildings depict plantation life between 1795 and 1855. Open-hearth cooking and other special presentations are offered every Wednesday, October through April. Guided tours offered every hour. Hours: Closed Sunday; Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm. Cost: $8.00 Adults, $7.00 Seniors 65+/Military/AAA Members, $3.00 Children 6-12, Ages 6 and under free
The Kisatchie National Forest offers several opportunities for visitors to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Central Louisiana. Groups can view or stop at recreation areas, view endangered species or geologic sites, or participate in tree identification. The national forest includes Kincaid Recreation Area, Valentine Lake Recreation Area, and the Wild Azalea Trail. Hours: Recreation Areas Open Daily Cost: Fees vary depending on location
Mt. Olivet Chapel is the oldest standing structure in Pineville. During the Civil War, the chapel was used as headquarters for the Union Army, and was therefore spared from the burning of Alexandria. The Cemetery is the second oldest in the area. The names of early pioneers and prominent citizens of hte area cna be found on the tombstones. Mt. Olivet Chapel & Cemetery Hours: Tours by appointment Cost: Free Admission
The Northup Trail allows visitors to follow the path of Solomon Northup during his 12 years as a slave in Central Louisiana. Solomon arrived in Alexandria on the steamer Rodolf in 1841. From there, he took the train south to Lamourie where he disembarked and walked to William Prince Ford’s plantation by foot. So his journey began in central Louisiana. The trail follows his path through Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes and visits sites such as the Red River landing where Northup disembarked the Rodolf, the Epps House, the Bunkie Depot, and the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse.
For more information including trails & byways, visit our Northup Trail page.
Home of the History Channel hit Cajun Pawn Stars. The store includes pieces of history, such as the hearse that carried Martin Luther King Jr., and pieces of cinematic history, such as a prop rope from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean". You will definitely want to make this a stop during your stay in town! Hours: Closed Sunday; Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm Cost: Free admission
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Built in 1898 on plantation land, this building was once home to General and Mrs. George C. Armstrong Custer during the Civil War Reconstruction. The building contains 53 priceless windows that rival those of the cathedrals in Europe. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Hours: Tours by appointment Cost: Free Admission