More Southern Heart

The South and its tree.
The South and its trees.

So. I told you yesterday that I accidentally became a Southerner. I’m not sure how it happened. But, it did. Today, I thought that I would share with you some of the places I saw yesterday. There are a lot more pictures. I’ll show them to you over the course of the next week or so.

Yes. I have a fascination with the way trees are shaped by nature. A quick design lesson. Things in nature are divided by roughly thirds. You can easily see it in trees. Or, in your own body. It’s math.

Batter old building.
Weathered old building.

I have no idea how long this building has been around. I think at one time it was painted a shade of green that around here is called Vieux Carre Green. You used to see it a lot in The French Quarter. But, the color was popular around the turn of the century. The last century, the one that turned in 1900. This building is still functional. Look at the electrical connections and meter.

Kenilworth Plantation house.
Kenilworth Plantation house.

Long time friends of Storyteller know this place. It is the Kenilworth Plantation house out on Bayou Road in St. Bernard Parish. For those of you who didn’t see it, it was built in 1759 or 1779 depending on who you talk to. It was built using the old peg system of assembly, rather than using nails. It was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina, but has since been restored.

St. Bernard church cemetery.
St. Bernard church cemetery.

There is St. Bernard Parish and there is St. Bernard Catholic Church. The church was the original heart of the parish. Parishes are what we call counties in Louisiana. The church was established in 1785 to serve the colonists who came from the Canary Islands. Those people are called Los Islenos. The cemetery at which you are looking is part of the church.  It is classically Southeastern Louisianan. The current church was built in 1852.

On the road.
On the road.

I wish I had more information on this building to give you. As weathered and beaten as it looks, it is still functional. The road that you are looking up is Bayou Road.

Abandoned drive in movie theater in Orleans Parish.
Abandoned drive in movie theater in Orleans Parish.

I’ve seen pictures of this place. I’ve hunted for it for years. But, I can find no reference to it on any of the historical sites I visit to make sure the stories and myths that I’ve been told bear some kind of resemblance to the truth.

All I know is that there are two signs on Haynes Boulevard in New Orleans East. They were entrances to a long abandoned drive-in movie theater. I’ll find out more and come back to you. I promise.


Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

2 thoughts on “More Southern Heart

  1. Or, you might just enjoy the mystery? Often, our imagination creates a better story than reality, anyway.


  2. Well… too late. 🙂 A buddy of mine who really is from here (meaning that he was born here) told me that it’s not a drive in theater sign. It was the entrance to Lincoln Beach. It was a public beach on Lake Ponchartrain that died when it was desegregated. Our history can get a little bleak.


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