Justin Newhart is the Marketing Director for the Cabin Restaurant, Bernadette’s Restaurant, and the Cajun Village in Gonzales, LA.  This blog is his platform for various topics involving the three businesses, including but not limited to historic preservation, Louisiana history, Cajun and Creole cuisine, and the river parish communities between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Justin holds a Masters degree in Preservation of Historic Architecture from Tulane University. Prior to attending Tulane, he studied the Classics at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Justin enjoys all things history, good books, and fine Cajun & Creole cuisine, having been raised on it by his mother and her south Louisiana family.

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  1. When I was in Louisiana doing research, someone recommended the Cajun Village to me. It was too far out of my way for me to make the trip, but now I’m wishing I’d gone! Thrilled to discover your blog, though. I’m looking forward to reading the whole thing!

  2. Planning anything on the music? Big fan of Belton Richard here & have met the Savoy Family.

    Marie Marshall

  3. Samuel – glad you enjoy the blog and look forward to your future comments!

    kvennarad – I may do a post on our local “Swamp Pop” music in the future. The best source for local River Road music is Roland Doucet’s Swamp Pop Cafe radio show. Check out his facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Rolandshow?ref=stream

  4. I have been to many cities in Louisiana to relax, camp, or play Cajun music with Steve Bing & The Bayou Hotshots. Great blog! Keep up the preservation.

  5. Virginia Duran said:

    Never been to Louisiana so will enjoy following your blog! Cheers from Chicago 🙂

  6. I adore Louisiana! My husband and I spent our honeymoon there, we traveled across the state and found it to be absolutely beautiful and full of fantastic food, intriguing culture, and wonderful architecture.

  7. Thanks for stopping by and liking the Bayou sinkhole post. Louisiana is one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit. Am looking forward to getting updates from your site.

  8. Baton Rouge is on my destination wish list…one day!

  9. I must visit sometime. I’m aslo a private pilot and it’s probably just a few hours flying from south florida. I love discovering new places.

  10. Hi there,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my posts on the sea. I go through LA a lot. I’m glad to find your blog. I LOVE cajun music. I hope you’ll have some good tips on who to listen to. I’m hoping to make it to the Workboat Show in New Orleans again this year and maybe go see some of the plantations. Any recommendations?

    • You’re welcome! We have a bunch of local bands that specialize in Swamp Pop around here. One of my favorite artists is Tab Benoit.
      As for plantations, it depends on what type of experience you’re looking for. If you want the “Gone with the Wind” romanticized but exactly accurate experience, go to Nottoway Plantation or Oak Alley.
      If you want a more historically accurate experience, go to Laura Plantation or Destrehan Plantation

  11. Thanks for stopping by. Just wanted to say hi from the other end of the river…

  12. Hej from Sweden!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my recent post. Apologies for the poor photo quality due to using iPhone at a distance.
    Welcome back anytime!

  13. Thanks for the visit. Lovely blog. I have a soft spot for all things Creole. Used to travel extensively to New Orleans for business. Love the Lagniappe tradition which adds a little extra to life.

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m enjoying learning about Louisiana (especially the food!). Looking forward to reading more of your recipes!

  15. I am so glad I found your blog!

  16. Thanks for checking out my blog. I love your blog and it’s unique contribution. Keep up the good work!

  17. Have yet to make it down to your neck of the woods, but it was always on my list. Nice site with a nice mix.

    Good luck and best wishes in the future.

  18. pamela larue said:

    First, thank you for liking my blog and some of my posts. I’m still learning about WordPress and am trying to find the time to devote to the blog. I wanted to do this because historic preservation is a passion of mine and I also enjoy photography. Plus, I found it disheartening that so much of the old vernacular architecture in the rural areas of Kentucky and Tennessee was slipping away without anyone documenting their existence.

    Maybe it’s coincindence but the River Road area is one of my favorite places in LA. I’ve been to all the plantations that are open to the public there. I just love them, so different from the historical architecture here. I’ll have to share an experience I had at Whitney Plantation sometime. I am so glad that you liked my blog because now I can enjoy yours!

    • You’re welcome! I always enjoy a good appreciation for the preservation and restoration of any historic structure, especially those of the vernacular variety. Please do let me know about that Whitney Plantation experience!

  19. So glad I’ve stumbled upon your blog. My mom lives in Baton Rouge, and I grew up in Hahnville! We love going back to LA — food, fun, all of it!

  20. Thanks for stopping by and liking my blog post On Randy Newman and Louisiana. Your menus make my mouth water.. 🙂

  21. Hey, Justin. I have a friend from Knoxville down this week. He’s asking for Jambalaya. I hate to tell you he says he’s looking for some like I make it. He ate mine 20 years ago, and it’s apparently pretty memorable. However, the first place I thought of for Jambalaya is The Cabin. So, I’ll be bringing him over Wednesday evening. We’ll probably stop by the Cajun Village first. Will you be around? You can email me at yogini.sharon@gmail.com. Thanks! Hope we can meet!

  22. You stopped by mpfconservation (I am one of the partners) and I like your blog — am following. Always interested in preservation. I will eventually be writing about preserving homes, and the furniture that goes in them — which is not thought of my many preservationists! Kate Powell

    • Preserving furniture and homes go hand-in-hand! Historic furniture (especially that which has been repaired) always helps to tell the story and heritage of a place a little easier. Furniture restoration is something that I’ve always found fascinating. Wish I could do what you do!

  23. Thank you for stopping by Storyteller. — Ray

  24. Hi Justin,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking “Bale Raos …”. You have an awesome blog. Will make sure to stop by at one of your places on our next visit to LA.

  25. TheKajunKween said:

    Heck yeah I’m going to follow your blog!!! I love all things Louisiana!

  26. Thank you for following Storyteller. — Ray

  27. Thanks for visiting my blog and the “like”.

    I find your blog very interesting. I love to see historical relics still surviving and dying to tell a story.
    Being a southerner, I love to cook and eat the unique/tasty dishes (Who doesn’t love hot sauce?) that only we here in the south can fully appreciate.

  28. Hi, I like your blog but I don’t see a sign up button so that I can receive an email when you post something new.

  29. Ellen Morris Prewitt said:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. As a part-time resident of New Orleans, I look forward to receiving your posts.

  30. Thanks for checking in on The Expositrix! Among other things, I’m going to send my many LA friends (mostly Baton Rougers) over to your site.

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