Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hammond, Louisiana

We set off for points east this morning, traversing the state on I-10. Our drive started out like this.

But by the time we reached Lafayette, the skies cleared and soon the sun came out. We ended up in Hammond, Louisiana, a small quiet college town east a bit of Baton Rouge and the largest city in Tangipahoa Parish. Who can pronounce that!

As you can see from this historical marker . . .

. . . Hammond has a history of being known for strawberries, thanks to this man, Joe DeMarco.

Despite the sign, we didn’t see any shoe stores.

Hammond is a neat little town, with several dress shops, a children’s museum, an art center, a violin shop, an exotic pet store, and plenty of good restaurants. Sadly for us, most of the town seems to be closed on Mondays. But this sweet little corner book/gift store was open. Lots of fun things to look at there! Their book selection primarily focuses on Louisiana topics and authors.

The old train station is still in operation as a train station. Amtrak makes a stop here. It also houses the Chamber of Commerce and the Clerk of Court’s office.

We had a pleasant dinner at Bradys. I can vouch for the Rueben and sweet potato fries.


TS Tate said...

Home of my alma mater! Love Hammond.

Jan Rider Newman said...

Nice place. You didn't say anything about the college. Was it unimpressive?

Common Household Mom said...

That is just the flattest road.

It might be worth it to live there just to be able to say "Tangipahoa Parish." And it's probably pronounced "nack-a-dish" or something.

I love the train station!

Angie said...

Jan, I've been instructed by parents in the know not to discuss such things so publically. We should get together and I can give you the scoop then.

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

CHM, I didn't see you comment about the flat road at first. Yes! All the roads where I live are basically like that. It becomes slightly hilly in northern Louisiana, but in the southern half, it's flat!