Mary Ann Sternberg’s New Book, “River Road Rambler: A Curious Traveler along Louisiana’s Historic Byway,” Available from LSU Press
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 places.
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.”