JEANERETTE, La. --- The Jeanerette Museum Board announces the history talk, Bayou Sara: Used to Be, based on the book by Anne Butler, to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Jeanerette Museum.
There’s nothing there now but a bunch of weeping willows, but in the nineteenth century, below the St. Francisville bluff was one of the most important ports on the Mississippi River. Bayou Sara had a mile of cotton warehouses, plus extensive residential and commercial districts.
Who were the hardworking immigrants who settled there, why did they come and from where, and why did they stay through floods and fires and wartime shelling for more than a century? Find out as Anne Butler discusses her book which includes fascinating collections of early images and excerpts from memoirs, journals, and newspaper dispatches that shed some light on this intriguing ghost town.
Butler is an accomplished author of more than 20 books and is a career journalist with hundreds of articles published in newspapers and magazines. She has written on various subjects, but her passion is preserving local history and culture. Today, she lives in one of West Feliciana’s most historic plantation homes, which has been in her family since the late 1700s.
A book signing will follow the presentation. This history talk is being held free of charge and is suitable for an adult audience. Seating may be limited and is taken on a first come, first serve basis.