This week’s Photo Friday (#FriFotos) theme is PARKS. Pictured above is Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, the oldest bar in New Orleans (and possibly one of the oldest in the US). It’s named for Jean Lafitte, the famed pirate and privateer who supposedly used the bar, on Bourbon Street in the Lower French Quarter, as a base of operations from 1772 and 1791.
So you are probably thinking, “Hey, that’s a bar, not a park.” Well, yes, the Blackshop Shop lies inside of a park, as the French Quarter is one of six sites making up the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park & Preserve.
The other five sites include:
- Acadian Cultural Center – Lafayette
- Prairie Acadian Cultural Center – Eunice
- Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center – Thibodaux
- Barataria Preserve – Marrero
- Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery – Chalmette