Abita Springs


Ann O'Brien Jewelry
Handcrafted in Abita Springs

RoadSide Tourist Attraction Links

John Preble's Art
Lots of pictures of oil paintings and prints.

Bobby Lounge Bobby enjoys writing songs about the south and about people with robust lifestyles. He chooses to avoid the limelight when not performing on stage. However, on stage, Bobby is a energetic entertainer in the tradition of Little Richard, Bobby Marchand, and Jerry Lee Lewis. His song writing style has been described as "Randy Newman with bite." Some songs are not appropriate for children.

Ross and Carla Ward's truly fantastic museum near Albuquerque, New Mexico, was our inspiration to open the Abita Mystery House.  Their museum is a great statement by true artists.  I wish I had thought of their slogan is "We did all of this while you were watching TV."  Many of the UCM exhibits are inspired by Ross Ward's work.  The Abita Mystery House has been described as a Southern version of Tinkertown.  If you are in the area, stop in and tell them hello from me. Check out their web site. The UCM would not exist had I not met Ross Ward.

Where to Stay in New Orleans

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fesitval Insider Info

  New Orleans North
For over the past 100 years, travelers and tourists have enjoyed their visits to the New Orleans Northshore area. Whether boating on Lake Ponchartrain, horse back riding in Folsom, antique and art shopping in Covington, Mandeville, or Slidell, eating in our world class restaurants, bicycle riding in Abita Springs, or boating and fishing in Madisonville, or enjoying our excellent B&B's, there are enjoyable events for tourists year around. Our wonderful climate, coupled with clear spring fed creeks and rivers, tall pine trees, and century old live oak trees, provide an ambiance unequaled in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.

  Abita Springs Area Sites
Abita used to be a popular tourist spot 100 years ago.  When the first settlers came here, there were about 25 Indian families living in Abita Springs. Here are links to the other things to do in town and the surrounding communities.

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  Odd Museums and Other Stuff
Museums dedicated to toasters, slot machines, cigar box art, etc...

  Mosaic Links
Since we created the House of Shards, we have gotten interested in mosaics.

  Folk Art Worlds
The Abita Mystery House is a folk art world.  Here are links to other "self made worlds" or "art environments."

  Art Links
Visitors sometimes call the Abita Mystery House a work of art.  Sometimes they mean it as a complement.

  Music Links
Many of the exhibits at the UCM are augmented by music. Here are some of our favorite links to a rich assortment of music sites.

  U. S. Highway 90
The Southern Route 66 went from the Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville, Florida to the lonely town of Van Horn in west Texas. Here's some vintage postcards that commemorate this wonderful road. From the page showing our Louisiana postcards you can jump to the other Southern states.

  Drive the Old Spanish Trail
Drive the Old Spanish Trail is dedicated to the identification, interpretation, and preservation of the old road and its historic roadside resources, as well as to the appreciation of its contemporary reality — the real road.
MuseumLink's Museum of Museums will eventually contain links to every museum on the planet, from the world's largest to the most obscure (assuming they have a website).

  St. Tammany Eco Tourism
Area Eco-Tourism links, including:- Swamp Tours, Nature Walks, State Parks, Clear Rivers, and Bike Trails for people interested in the outdoor aspect of the area.

Abita Springs Opry
A very popular presentation of Louisiana roots music in the Abita Town Hall across the ball field from the UCM. This is the music show that has replaced the old Piney Woods Opry. Highly recommended. NOTE: If you want a good seat - get there an hour early and order a plate lunch. Prices are reasonable and the food is usually very good.

Deadly Nightshades
1950's Reproduction Hand-Tied, Hand-Dyed Fiberglass Lampshades!! COOL

Weird Gardens
"I had been raised to consider yards decorated with pink flamingos, elves and gnomes, plastic ducks, shell mosaics and shrines to dead pets to be vulgar."

Hurricane Katrina Poster - New Orleans Needs Stronger Dikes

Birding Around New Orleans

Abita Springs Guitar Company

Abitian Records producers of Bobby Lounge and others

Frenchmen Street Street New Orleans Louisiana

Gatortar Alligator Guitars


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