LSU Rural Life Museum to host 18th Annual Harvest Days Sept. 28-29

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Rural Life Museum will present the 18th annual Harvest Days on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the museum, located just off of Interstate 10 at 4560 Essen Lane.

This educational event interprets life in the 19th century rural Louisiana during the fall harvest. Living history demonstrations by 25 renowned Louisiana artisans will focus on many types of agricultural and household activities common on plantations and farms during harvest time.

Demonstrations will include, plowing, syrup making, blacksmithing, soap and candle making, timber framing and open hearth cooking. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in many of these demonstrations and activities.

Another part of Harvest Days will feature the commemoration of the 151st anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Baton Rouge. Civil War re-enactors will authentically portray the battle, which took place in August of 1862. Demonstrations of drills will take place on both days, with battle reenactments commencing on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, and visitors can also purchase many of the artisan-made items in the museum’s gift shop.

Admission to Harvest Days is $9 each for persons age 12 years and older and $8 for both seniors age 62 years and older and for children ages 6-11. Children age 5 and under will receive free admission.

The LSU AgCenter at Burden Center will also offer numerous activities such as a Corn Maze, face painting, produce market and a pumpkin patch for additional $5 each person. Children age 5 and under will receive free admission.