Landry Vineyard Concerts and local events are just the beginning of all the fun that awaits in Monroe-West Monroe this autumn. Your fall getaway wouldn’t be complete without exploring two of the most prominent local attractions: Biedenharn Museum & Gardens and the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is the homesite of Joseph Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola, where visitors can tour his beautiful home; learn about Coca-Cola’s bottling beginnings from an entertaining soda jerk; and check out early Coca-Cola memorabilia at the on-site Coke Museum.
During the home tour, be sure to stroll through the gorgeous ELSong Gardens, named after Biedenharn’s daughter, Emy-Lou, a renowned opera singer prior to World War II. The expansive garden features dozens of beautiful, year-round blooms, along with an array of impressive terraces, fountains, statues, and more.
Don’t let your visit end without exploring the extensive collection of historical artifacts—including unique Bibles, Russian icons, and a variety of rotating exhibits—from the Smithsonian and other distinguished institutions.
Chennault Aviation & Military Museum
Step back in time to three historic chapters in the nation’s and Monroe’s history with a visit to Chennault Aviation & Military Museum. Delve into the fascinating past of the Navigation School, where more than 15,000 pilots were trained during WWII; the birth of Delta Airlines from a regional crop-dusting service; and Louisiana native General Claire Chennault, leader of the Flying Tigers.