Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair at the Pitot House on Bayou St. John

One of the oldest structures in New Orleans, the Pitot House on Bayou St. John, will host the Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair with demonstrations, entertainment, storytelling, children’s activities and tours to show what everyday life in the 1800’s might have been like at this historic location from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday August 12 at 1440 Moss Street.

Children of all ages, parents and adults are invited to experience this one-day special event featuring more than twenty local artisans and craftsmen at work using centuries-old techniques, some in period costume.

The Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair brings typical 1800’s era activities back to the circa 1799 Pitot House including basket weaving, soap making, indigo dying, crafting Native American jewelry, pottery making, caning, brick masonry, calligraphy, quilting, and boat building. Men and women in period costume from Destrehan Plantation will show what the early settlers wore in everyday dress. Games like those children played back then will be available for kids to try on the Pitot House lawn. Visitors will also be regaled with storytelling, intrigued with re-enactments by Plauche’s Battalion French Soldiers, and entertained by New Orleans Quarter Shanty Krewe singing songs of sailors and their adventures at sea from another era.

Admission to Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair is $5.00 per person and is open to children accompanied by adults and anyone interested in experiencing this unique offering of heritage education and entertainment. Light refreshments will be available for purchase, and restroom facilities are available. The Pitot House gift shop will be open, featuring children’s books and books on history, architecture, cooking, and culture, plus unique gift items.

The Pitot House is located at 1440 Moss Street, next door to Cabrini High School on Bayou St. John between Grand Route St. John and Esplanade Avenue. Parking is available on a first-come first-serve basis at Cabrini High School, and as available on Moss Street.

For more information call (504) 482-0312 or visit

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