The reconstructed officers’ quarters houses a museum, meeting room and information center. There were originally four officers’ quarters buildings, which were built in the 1830’s and were located across the parade ground. Historians of the Quartermaster General’s Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation assisted in the reconstruction effort.
The story of Fort Jesup is told in the museum with the use of maps, documents, illustrations and military artifacts. A diorama shows the fort under construction in the 1830’s. In the main building, the Commanding Officer’s bedroom is furnished as it would have appeared when General Taylor occupied it in 1845.
Fort Jesup provides a unique glimpse of life when Louisiana was still part of the nation’s frontier. Today the pleasant noises of picnickers beside the ponds have replaced the sounds of horses and the cadences of marching drills. What was once an important part of our nation’s system of defense is now a site for everyone to learn about and enjoy . . . Fort Jesup State Commemorative Area.
Programs at Ft. Jesup: Ft. Jesup regularly presents programs of historical interest. Check the Area Calendar of Events to see what is coming up.
FROM MANY, LA – Take Highway 6 East for about 6 miles to the old San Antonio Road – Highway 3118. Turn onto Highway 3118 (it makes a loop and both ends of it connect to Highway 6) and proceed to Fort Jesup.