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The Claiborne Mansion
â€śGood bonesâ€ť despite being one of the most overused phrases when referring to old houses happens to be nonetheless accurate with The Claiborne Mansion. The house is well built, lovingly (and continually) renovated, and a beautiful piece of history that we love being able to share with you.
We thought youâ€™d enjoy seeing a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of the house so we recently asked Richard Sexton to photograph the exposed rafters and typically off-limits areas of the attic. We discovered a few beams with what may be â€ścarpenterâ€™s marksâ€ť also known as â€śmarriage marksâ€ť â€“ Roman numerals or other symbols carved into rafters to match joints of timber framing. You can learn more about them at the Historic House Blog.
Weâ€™ll be sharing more photos and history of the house soon.
The Fish That Ate the Whale
Lot’s to be said about a historical profile book like this… but let’s hear from the author directly:
And more available at: us.macmillan.com/thefishthatatethewhale/RichCohenÂ
Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere
In Creole World, that old New Orleans greeting ” How’s your mama an’ nem” gains depth and resonance. We learn that “an nem” includes our cousins in Haiti (cozen nou an Ayiti), our uncles in Cartegena (nuestros tios), our aunts in Cuba, (nuestras tias), and a wealth of other friends and relations in Panama. By depicting these connections so beautifully in pictures and words, Richard Sexton has made the Creole world at once larger, smaller, and better.
â€”Lolis Eric Elie, writer for HBO’s Treme and coproducer/writer of Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
Kids Tour Too
Educational and entertaining tours of the French Quarter designed just for kids (6â€“13 years).
French Quartour Kids
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Trace the Footsteps of Regional Writers
Although the Crescent City is most renowned for its music, cuisine and architecture, New Orleansâ€™ literary heritage is as significant as that of any American city. Trace the footsteps and visit the inspirational haunts of the regional writers who have defined literature itself.
New Orleans Literary Tour (Walking Tour) by Reservation Only
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The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans
Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post wrote:
“Powell … has written in â€śThe Accidental Cityâ€ť what should stand for years as the definitive history of New Orleansâ€™s first century, the period that he regards as central to the cityâ€™s formation and its character.” (Read the complete review.)
Photo of Lawrence N. Powell byÂ Chris Granger/ The Times-Picayune
You can stay up-to-date with events around New Orleans at NOLA.com.
And if you’re looking for information on the best food and restaurants in New Orleans, then visit The New Orleans Menu at NOMENU.com.
* Lagniappe (pronounced LAN-yap) is something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure (such as getting a 13th doughnut when buying a dozen).