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Strong oaks, rising high and wide
Blooming azaleas, presenting sweet and fresh
Laughter and music fill the night.
My Baton Rouge, my home sweet home.
Baton Rouge is the center and heart of Louisiana. It is the middle ground, a place where different ways of life have mixed and settled into a rich culture and sometimes a lively history. “Le bâton rouge” captivated the French explorers as they traversed the Mississippi River in 1699 and saw a cypress pole marking the hunting grounds of the local Houma tribes. The fertile farmlands, beautiful bluffs and navigable waters have provided a desirable home for many cultures and nations after those first colonists. Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas have been governed by the French, British, Spanish, Confederate and United States, creating a unique history and culture that has been interweaved into the community for the past 315 years.
The “Capital City” became the political center of the state in 1849 and continues today. Baton Rouge is a place where the politicians and kingfish can be found dining alongside musicians and artists. Today’s downtown Baton Rouge melds together history museums and art galleries, fine dining and dives, business centers and government buildings. It has enjoyed a revitalization in recent years, bringing residents back to calling downtown home. Condos of multiple price ranges, remodeled duplexes, high rises, cottages and historic homes are some of the choices you will find in the city center.
South of the downtown area, established neighborhoods, local eateries and historic sites surround the beautiful grounds of Louisiana State University. This is the part of Baton Rouge where tradition meets contemporary. You can tour historic Magnolia Mound Plantation and blocks away hear the upcoming bands in the area in the legendary Varsity Theater. Football is a treasured part of life in Baton Rouge, especially in this area. Saturday nights in the fall are filled with excitement in Tiger Stadium, the restaurants and pubs. Multiple festivals and parades are held in this part of the city throughout the year. Residents in the areas known as Southdowns, Highlands / Perkins, Woodgate and Woodstone enjoy shaded streets, parks and easy access to shopping and medical centers. New construction, condos, larger estates and modest cottages are plentiful.
The South Baton Rouge area including St. George, Highland Lakes, Oak Hills and Old Jefferson, are charming neighborhoods that add to the community. Cafes, restaurants, churches, boutique shopping, business complexes, theme parks and the Mall of Louisiana are tastefully mixed with neatly organized neighborhoods. Golf course communities, country clubs, modern apartments and condos and even larger lots are available. South Baton Rouge is where life slows down and families plant roots.