There are strange things throughout Louisiana, but here are 9 of the strangest. From natural wonders to unique museums to haunted places, there’s something for everyone! Check out some of the strangest in the list below.
1) Touchstone Wildlife & Art Museum, Haughton
Known in the greater Shreveport area as a hidden gem, this museum offers over 1,000 mounts of large and small animals from around the world. Each one is neatly displayed behind glass enclosure and the whole museum takes hours to completely tour it.
2) Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden, Chauvin
100 concrete sculptures populate this narrow property in Chauvin. Kenny Hill began creating the sculptures by hand in 1990, portraying himself in many biblically referenced scenes. The garden has now been preserved for public visitations.
3) Large Rocking Chair, Ruston
This mysterious 12 foot tall rocking chair sat as a roadside attraction in a private yard before being purchased by local antiques store Junktiques this summer. Great photo op! If anyone knows the origins of this chair, I’d love to hear from them.
4) Marie Laveau’s Tomb
Recently restored, this tomb is a favorite for visitors and locals alike, as residents love to ask for favors or blessings of Marie Laveau when visiting her tomb.
5) Abandoned Six Flags Amusement Park, New Orleans
After Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on this already faltering park, Six Flags abandoned the former Jazzland site and it has been standing in disrepair ever since. Talk about an eerie amusement park look! But the pictures that come out of there are simply amazing.
6) The Singing Oak, New Orleans
Nestled in City Park of New Orleans, carefully placed chimes inside of this old oak tree create a unique listening experience for visitors. The largest wind chime sculpture in America, it was designed by Jim Hart to offer a pentatonic scale, the same scale used in west African music, early gospel, and Jazz as an homage to the influences of this musical lineage on New Orleans.
7) National Hansen’s Disease Museum, Carville
This museum was created to collect and preserve the medical and cultural artifacts of the Carville Historic District. Hansen’s Disease, also known as leprosy, offers exhibits and information about the disease and the former leper colony in this area.
8) Manchac Swamp
Also known as the haunted swamps, Manchac Swamp is said to be cursed by a voodoo queen in the early 20th century. Many other stories haunt this area, one of the most dense swamps in Louisiana.
9) Lake Peigneur, near New Iberia
Now a peaceful lake, this site was the spot where an epic natural disaster took place in 1980. A drilling accident hit the Diamond Crystal salt mine, turning the shallow lake brackish and engulfing 65 acres of surrounding lands.
Have you ever been to any of these places? Which one do you think is the most strange? Let us know in the comments below!