Chalmette happens to be the site of the January 8, 1815, Battle of New Orleans. Despite the fact that an agreement was signed in 1814 to end the War of 1812, history buffs believe that this battlefield was the site for the last battle between Britain and the United States. The American victory here has long been a symbol of sovereign democracy and is often seen as a great triumph over a European threat. The anniversary of this victory is so great, January 8 has been set aside to commemorate this historic day. Guests will find the battlefield visitor center and national cemetery here.
De la Ronde Plantatio
The De la Ronde Plantation is a ruin located in the Saint Bernard Parish in Versailles, approximately 3.5 miles away from the downtown limits of New Orleans, near the site of the Chalmette Battlefield. The owner of the plantation, Major-General Pierre Denys de La Ronde was considered the wealthiest plantation owner in Louisiana at that time. He was also the commanding officer of the Louisiana militia during the Battle of New Orleans. There may only be a few stacks of red brick left from the mighty plantation, remnants from the world's first double oak tree alley remains, and plenty of fascinating information about the era.
Chalmette may seem like a sleepy town at first glance, but what lies beneath is a community that came together during the time of great tragedy from Hurricane Katrina. While most shops and businesses were wiped out, almost all have returned, including a fantastic little restaurant scene. Rocky & Carlo's on Bernard Highway has long been a beloved local favorite and underwent a series of major renovations post-Katrina, returning it to its former bustling glory, serving up the best po' boys, Louisiana-style flavors, and Italian cuisine. Tony's on Judge Perez Drive serves up sumptuous local seafood favorites, and Creole-Italian dishes.