Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Fountainebleau State Park in Mandeville, Louisiana
On the northshore of Lake Ponchartrain, in Mandeville, Fountainbleau State Park Campground was our next stop -- for just two nights, November 28 and 29. This is a 2,800 acre park right smack on the shore of the lake and the sunsets are worthy of watching. Here's the story of this park: In 1829, the founder of the town of Mandeville, Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, built a sugar mill here on his huge sugar plantation. Ruins of the old sugar mill are still standing. More memorable to me than the sugar mill remains, are the beautiful live oak trees all throughout the park. There are hundreds of huge, old trees draped beautifully in Spanish moss. Sadly, I didn't get any photos because of the storms that moved through and prompted our early departure.