05/24/2013 03:07 PM
BATON ROUGE – The River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge hosts a fascinating
mix of people, traditions and stories. Author Mary Ann Sternberg has spent more than
two decades exploring this historic corridor, uncovering its intriguing and often-underappreciated
places. In “River Road Rambler,” available from LSU Press, she presents 15 sketches
about sites along this scenic route.
From familiar stops, such as the National Hansen’s Disease Center Museum at Carville
and the perique tobacco area of St. James Parish to lesser-known attractions such
as Our Lady of Lourdes grotto in the town of Convent and the Colonial Sugars Historic
District, Sternberg provides a new perspective on some of the region’s most colorful
These sketches brim with insights and observations about everything from the fire
that razed The Cottage plantation to the failed attempts to salvage the reproduction
of the 17th-century French warship Le Pelican from the bottom of the Mississippi.
“River Road Rambler” links readers to both past and present, while revealing delightful
and unexpected surprises only found along this storied byway.
Sternberg is the author of “Along the River Road: Past and Present on Louisiana’s
Historic Byway,” now available in a new and updated edition, and “Winding through
Time: The Forgotten History and Present-Day Peril of Bayou Manchac.”
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013