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Fontainebleau State Park (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Mandeville, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, 30.3376496, -90.0403297

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-06-05

Duration: 00:07:15

Subjects: Louisiana. Office of State Parks | Fontainebleau State Park | Native Americans | Louisiana state parks | Nature | Sugar factories | Marigny, Bernard, 1785-1868 | Tchefuncte culture | Prehistoric peoples | LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN


  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Editor
  • Borel, Dwayne Interviewee
  • Jones, Frank "Skipper" Interviewee
  • Scott, Richard Interviewee
  • Perkins, Grey Hawk Interviewee
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host


This segment from the June 5, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s visit to Fontainebleau State Park, a 2,800 acre site located on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville. Whinham tours the site and talks to park manager Dwayne Borel, assistant manager Frank “Skipper” Jones, and interpretive ranger Richard Scott about the park’s main attractions, including a beach, boardwalk, campsites, cabins, the Tammany Trace nature trail, and a crumbling sugar mill built in 1829 by Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, the founder of Mandeville and previous owner of the land. He also talks to park employee Grey Hawk Perkins about the history of the Tchefuncte culture and Native Americans on the land dating back 2,000 years ago. This story is a part of the “Louisiana’s Natural Treasures: State Parks” series. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford