Walk in the footsteps of famous presidents of the United States at this former barracks, which has passed through the hands of various nations.
The Pentagon Barracks is the site of a 300-year-old military garrison situated in the present-day political heart of Baton Rouge. Spend time wandering the grounds and envisaging an era when it was the scene of battles. Admire the well-preserved architecture and then visit notable nearby city attractions.
The Pentagon Barracks dates back to around 1700, when the French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville took control of Baton Rouge. The British conquered the city in 1763 and later fortified the area, before losing control to the Spanish. From around 1810 to 1861 it was a U.S. military base and then a faculty of the Louisiana State University from 1884. Since 1951 it has been home to administrative offices and the private apartments of state officials.
Today’s buildings were completed in 1825 by the U.S. Army and their positioning represents the shape of a pentagon. Notice the rows of Doric-style columns, which support the upper floor balconies.
While visiting the barracks you’ll retrace the steps taken by celebrated public figures. Among these are the Confederate soldier Robert E. Lee, Civil War commander George Custer and former president Abraham Lincoln.
Find the Pentagon Barracks located toward the north of downtown Baton Rouge. It’s close to several other major city attractions.
Visit the Louisiana State Capitol, a magnificent art deco skyscraper and the seat of the Louisiana State Legislature. Peek inside the resplendent rooms and enjoy sweeping city views from the 27th-floor observation deck. Entrance to the building and deck is free of charge.
Afterwards, relax amid the manicured lawns of State Capitol Park. Look for a statue of Huey P. Long, a former Governor of Louisiana assassinated at the Louisiana State Capitol. Go to the Old Arsenal Museum, situated in Arsenal Park. This free museum opens from Tuesday to Saturday and has displays on the Battle of Baton Rouge and Louisiana’s military achievements.